Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has once again hit out at the Centre over its handling of farmers’ protest which has resulted in more than 60 deaths so far. Gandhi said martyrdom of 60 ‘anndatas’ has not embarrassed the Modi government, but a tractor rally would. For the uninitiated, the farmers have said they will take out a tractor rally on January 26 in Delhi and other parts of the country in protest of new farm laws. The Centre has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating Republic Day parade disruption will be an embarrassment to the nation.
Meanwhile the farmers’ protest has entered 49th day on Wednesday. More than 60 farmers have died since the onset of protest. While some farmers have committed suicide, others have died due to winter chill. Multiple rounds of talks between the farmers and the Supreme Court have failed to yield any reason as the deadlock continues.
On Tuesday, The Supreme Court suspended the implementation of farm laws and set up a committee in a bid to break the deadlock. Supreme court also ordered a status quo on the existing Minimum Support Price (MSP) system of the sale and purchase of the farm produces. However, the farmer unions have rejected the proceedings of the top court and the appointed committee. The farmers have said the panel appointed to look into their grievances is pro-government. They have demanded that the new laws be repealed and consultations held with them before framing new legislations. The top court has said they have the right to protest indefinitely if they want.
The court also defended the committee set up by it and said they are not catering to everyone’s idea of what is a good committee. The court said it will decide the composition of the committee to resolve the matter.