Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Monday rode a red tractor to Parliament carrying a warning farmers’ message and registering his protest against the three agricultural laws.
Rahul Gandhi, seated at the wheel on a blazing red tractor, sporting a half-sleeved shirt, trousers and sandals, rode along confidently with a face mask on in the heart of Delhi, marking his protest against the controversial farm laws.
“I’ve brought farmers’ message to Parliament. They (the Government) are suppressing the voices of farmers and not letting a discussion take place in Parliament. They’ll have to repeal these black laws. The entire country knows these laws favour 2-3 big businessmen,” Gandhi was quoted saying by news agency ANI.
He said, “As per the government, farmers are very happy and those (protesting farmers) sitting outside are terrorists. But in reality, farmers’ rights are being snatched away.”
Mr Gandhi also tweeted that “tractors will run in Parliament” if farmers are forced to sell their land.
Meanwhile, the BJP claimed that farmers are being used as a political tool by the opposition.
BJP MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said “Rahul Gandhi is playing politics. Farmers are being used as a political tool. The centre has said if there are issues with the laws it is ready to rework them. They are ready for talks.”
It may be mentioned here that thousands of farmers have been protesting since November last year at the three Delhi border points seeking repeal of the three farm laws and for a new law to guarantee minimum support price, or MSP, for crops.
Since the beginning of the monsoon session last week, Parliament has been adjourned several times over, among other things, the farm laws. Some Congress MPs said refused to let the House function until the matter was solved. They protested outside Parliament. The Shiromani Akali Dal also sought a debate.
However, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar maintains the farm laws are beneficial, adding they can be discussed “point-wise” if farmers express the issues. Several rounds of talks between farmers and the government have failed to break the deadlock over the contentious laws.