Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has called upon all the citizens of the country to support the protesting farmers’ demand for a complete rollback of the three farm laws passed by the Centre in the monsoon session of Parliament. Gandhi said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government has been misleading the farmers on the farm laws.
He shared excerpts from news reports on how farmers in Bihar, where government mandis were abolished in 2006, are not getting MSP for their produce. Gandhi said Modi wants to push the entire country into the same well and it is the duty of every citizen to stand with the farmers. The Congress leader tweeted a video compilation of the PM’s statements on how the laws, one of which scraps the APMC system, would benefit farmers.
On Thursday, in the fourth round of talks, farm leaders suggested to the government to hold a special session of Parliament and sought the abolition of the farm laws. The fifth round of talks between Modi government and farmers is scheduled today.
Farmers are protesting against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
After the fourth round of talks on Thursday, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government has no ego. Today is the 10th day of the farmers’ agitation and the farmers’ are adamant over their demand for complete rollback of the three farm laws.
Prime Minister Modi has consistently said that the farmers are being misled. He has said several times that the MSP will continue but the farmers want it in law. Similarly, he has said the farm laws will not be taken back several times. The farmers are sticking to their demand of repealing the laws, they have threatened to block every entry and exit point into and out of Delhi on Tuesday, when a nationwide strike is expected.