Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday targeted the Narendra Modi-led government and demanded the government to repeal the three “black farm laws” farm laws.
Rahul Gandhi said it would be a betrayal of India and its farmers if the Centre fails to repeal the farm laws.
Taking to Twitter ahead of talks between farmers and the Centre, Rahul Gandhi wrote, “Accepting anything less than the complete withdrawal of black farm laws would be a betrayal of India and its farmers.” Farmers Protest Day 8 Live Updates
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 3, 2020
Rahul Gandhi’s remarks come at a time when farmers from several states are protesting at Delhi borders against the Centre’s new agriculture reform laws.
A day before, Rahul Gandhi had attacked the Centre over its claim of doubling farmers’ income and alleged that their income in fact “halved” under the “suit-boot” government, while that of its crony friends has grown four times.
“They [government] said farmers’ income will be doubled. What they did was increase the income of [their] ‘friends’ four times and halved that of farmers. This is a government of suit-boot, lies and loot,” the Congress leader said in a tweet.
Rahul Gandhi also shared a video showing police using water cannons and firing tear gas shells during protests by farmers with a speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi playing in the background wherein he says his government is taking steps to resolve the problems faced by farmers and double their income.
“Modi government, stop giving ‘jumlas’ (rhetoric) to farmers, stop the dishonesty and atrocities, stop giving them the falsehood of talks, (and) abolish all three black laws which are against farmers and labourers,” Rahul Gandhi said.
The Congress has been attacking the government over the use of force against the protesting farmers, and urged them to withdraw the new farm laws and redress the grievances of the protesters.
Farmer unions say the three new laws will lead to the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving farmers at the mercy of corporate houses. But the government says the MSP system will continue and the new laws will give farmers more options to sell their crop.