Farmers’ income has halved while that of govt’s friends has risen: Rahul takes dig at Centre


On Wednesday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacked the central government over its claim of “doubling farmers’ income” and alleged that their income has in fact “halved” under the “suit-boot sarkar”. He also said that the “government’s friends have been earning four times more than before”.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (2L) has also shared a video of the atrocities and use of force against the protesting farmers. (File Photo: PTI)

On Wednesday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacked the central government over its claim of “doubling farmers’ income” and alleged that their income has in fact “halved” under the “suit-boot sarkar”. He also said that the “government’s friends have been earning four times more than before”.

Gandhi tweeted in Hindi on Wednesday, “They said farmers income will be doubled. What they did was increase incomes of ‘friends’ four times and those of farmers will be halved. This suit-boot government is of lies and loot.”

The Congress leader’s remarks came at a time when farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been protesting at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders of the National Capital against the Centre’s new agriculture reform laws. Farmers from several parts of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan have been also protesting against the laws. Protests against the central farm laws began in Punjab soon after they were passed by Parliament in September. Members of 31 farmer organisations of Punjab, which represent nearly 1 million farmers in the state, have been blocking highways and railway tracks passing through the state since September 22.

Gandhi also shared a video of the atrocities and use of force against the protesting farmers with a voice-over of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech saying his government was taking steps to resolve the problems faced by farmers and double their income.

Earlier, Gandhi had shared a viral photo of the farmers’ protest in which a cop was clicked aiming his baton at a farmer. “Our slogan was Jai Jawan Jai Kisan, but today PM Narendra Modi’s arrogance made the jawan stand against the farmer. This is very dangerous,” Gandhi had tweeted.

The Congress has been attacking the central government over the use of force against the protesting farmers, and has urged the dispensation to withdraw the new farm laws and redresses the grievances of the protesters.

Meanwhile, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar and commerce minister Piyush Goel reached home minister Amit Shah’s residence to review the situation, as farmers continued protesting on Wednesday.





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