The Congress will not relent till the new farm laws are repealed, said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi while leading a protest of the party outside the Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s official residence, on Friday.
Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, along with party supporters, protested outside the Delhi Lieutenant Governor’s residence, in solidarity with the farmers, who have been protesting against the central government’s recently introduced agricultural laws.
The Congress’s protest, which has backed the farmers all this while, is part of its “Speak up for Kisan Adhikar” campaign. The party is observing ‘Kisan Adhikar Divas’ today, and all state units have been asked to congregate around all Raj Bhavans in the states.
‘Govt will have to withdraw the laws’
Leading the protest, Rahul Gandhi said, “BJP government will have to withdraw the farm laws. The Congress will not relent till these laws are repealed. These laws are not to help farmers, but to finish them.”
“The Narendra Modi government earlier tried to take away the land of farmers, when it brought the Land Acquisition Act and the Congress party stopped them at that time. Now the BJP and their two-three friends are once again attacking the farmers and have brought these three farm laws,” he alleged.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan have been camped in and around Delhi in decrepit conditions for the past 50 days. They have been protesting against the three recently-passed farm laws perceived to be harmful to them. Farmer representatives are today meeting government officials to discuss ways to break the deadlock.
“The ‘annadata’ of the country are doing Satyagraha against the arrogant Modi government for their rights. Today, entire India is raising its voice against the atrocities on farmers and rising prices of petrol and diesel. You too join and become a part of this Satyagraha. #SpeakUpForKisanAdhikar,” tweeted Gandhi ahead of the today’s march to Raj Niwas.
On January 9, a virtual meeting of Congress leaders decided to go aggressive against the Centre and will “hit the ground” over the farm laws.
Following the protest before Raj Niwas, the Congress leaders moves to Jantar Mantar to continue with the protest.