Rahul Gandhi attacks government against farm laws, organizes tractor rally in Wayanad
After staging a tractor rally in his constituency in solidarity with restless farmers, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday denounced the BJP-led NDA government and said agriculture is the only business owned by ” Bharat Mata “and urged the people to” force “the government to withdraw the three agricultural laws.
The Wayanad MP, who is on a two-day visit to his Kerala constituency, also clashed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on MGNREGA.
The congress president alleged that Modi “ridiculed” the rural employment program when he took office as prime minister in 2014, but was then “forced to accept” that the program put in place by the previous UPA government played the role of “savior” of the people. of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have pop stars commenting on the situation of Indian farmers but the Indian government is not interested. They are not going to withdraw three laws unless they are forced,” he said, addressing at a meeting organized after the six kilometer tractor rally between Thrikkaipatta and Muttil in this hilly area.
“The whole world can see the hardships faced by Indian farmers. But the Delhi government is unable to understand the pain of the farmers,” Gandhi said.
He alleged that the three laws are designed to destroy the farming system in India and hand the entire business over to 2 or 3 friends of Prime Minister Modi.
Declaring agriculture to be the largest business in the country worth Rs 40 lakh crore and owned by millions upon millions of Indians, the congressional leader said that “agriculture is the only business owned by Bharat Mata “and a few people want to own this business.
He referred to the recent “hum do, hamare do” jibe he made in parliament to tell of two people in government joining forces with two people outside of government to control Indian agriculture.
The idea is that the farmers sell their products directly to these people. They want to destroy the entire agricultural chain that protects 40% of the population of this country, ”Gandhi said.
“We are not going to allow the Bharat Mata company to be taken over by two or three friends of Narendra Modi. That is why we have driven tractors here to make the farmers understand that we are by their side, we are going to bring them back. help and we are going to make sure that this BJP government takes over these laws, ”said the former president of Congress.
Earlier, during the inauguration of a Kudumbasree Sangamam at Poothadi Grama Panchayat, Gandhi said Congress was working for the empowerment of the poor and alleged that the idea of the ruling BJP was to empower the powerful.
“When Modi became Prime Minister, in Parliament, in front of all of us, he ridiculed MGNREGA. He said MGNREGA was an insult to the Indian people,” Gandhi said.
He claimed the prime minister had been forced to increase program work and money as the coronavirus spread in the country. “And he was forced to accept during COVID-19 that only MGNREGA was playing the role of savior of our people,” Gandhi said.
He noted that demand for MGNREGA, which provides social protection to the most vulnerable people living in rural areas of India by guaranteeing wage employment opportunities, “has skyrocketed” during COVID.
The Wayanad MP said the SHG and MGNREGA were introduced by the UPA government not as a “gift” but as “empowerment tools to make our people stronger”.
He said that when MGNREGA was established to provide at least 100 days of guaranteed paid employment in a fiscal year to every rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual labor, “many people questioned him asking why we spoil our people with charity. “
Many claimed the MGNREGA program would ruin the people, but the same people say nothing as the government “gives thousands of crore rupees to big companies” and “privatizes huge public sector companies,” Gandhi said .
He also said that the implementation of the MGNREGA program was the main reason for the “tremendous economic growth” during the period of the PAU.
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