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Rahul Gandhi leads Congress rally against farm laws in Punjab, questions ‘hurry’ to pass them

Addressing a public meeting in Punjab's Moga district, Rahul Gandhi said the Acts will be revoked if the Congress is voted to power.

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Moga: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Centre on Sunday over the three new agriculture laws, asking why were the farmers agitating if these were meant for them.

Addressing a public meeting in Badhni Kalan in Punjab’s Moga district, Gandhi asserted that the contentious Acts would be revoked if the Congress was voted to power. He wondered what was the “hurry” and need to implement these legislations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The prime minister says the laws are being framed for farmers. If the laws are being made for farmers, then why didn’t you debate in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha?” Gandhi asked.

“And if farmers are happy with these laws, then why are they agitating across the country? Why is every farmer of Punjab agitating?”

Farmers have expressed apprehension that the Centre’s farm reforms would pave the way for dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big companies.

President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill; Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, which were passed by the Parliament last month.

Earlier, Gandhi arrived in Moga for leading tractor rallies across the state from Sunday till Tuesday in protest against the laws.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, state Congress president Sunil Jakhar, party’s Punjab incharge Harish Rawat and other leaders were present. Former minister and MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had been staying away from all Congress activities, was also seen at the public meeting.

The tractor rallies, which have been named as ‘Kheti Bachao Yatra’, will cover more than 50 km over three days in various districts and constituencies.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. The Congress Party In The Punjab Which Last Had A Strong Chief Minister 25 years Back Should Not Have Gone Down The Tractor Rally Route of The Corrupt Power Hungry Badal family Party, They Should Have Shown Some Originality And Joined The Peasant Farmers Protest As Commen Men Like There Stalwarts Of Old. Instead They tried To Flog a Dead Horse In Capt Singh and His Govt

  2. Nuisance value is the only thing that this brother sister duo has left.
    That’s why China pays them.

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