Farmers have made the nation “atmanirbhar” (self-reliant) however they’re being made to undergo by means of the brand new farm legal guidelines, Congress’s Priyanka Gandhi Vadra stated immediately at a farmers’ assembly in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
The kisan mahapanchayat is being held within the face of prohibitory orders banning giant gatherings by the district administration. The orders had been handed this morning within the state, which has been rising as a brand new hotspot for the protest in opposition to the Centre’s three farm legal guidelines that was initially powered by the farmers of Punjab and Haryana.
The federal government doesn’t perceive farmers or what they stand for, stated Ms Gandhi Vadra, who’s attending the mahapanchayat as a part of the get together’s 10-day “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” marketing campaign that shall be held in 27 districts of the state. The get together has been vociferously supporting the farmers’ protest and Uttar Pradesh, the place state elections are due subsequent yr, has develop into a brand new space of focus.
“They (the federal government) name the farmers anti-national, however in actuality, it’s them who’re anti-national,” she stated.
“They name farmers agitators, extremists, and terrorists. They doubt the farmers, however the coronary heart of the farmer can by no means be in opposition to the nation. The farmer’s coronary heart, his work itself is for the land. Farmers until the land, work day and evening on the land. How can they betray the nation?” added the Congress normal secretary.
“The Prime Minister had time to go to Pakistan, he had time to go to China, however he didn’t have time to go to the bordering areas of his personal constituency and meet farmers,” she stated, stating that it was the farmers who had voted for him.
“The Prime Minister himself insults farmers, that too in Parliament, by calling them ‘andolanjeevi‘ (one who lives for agitation),” Ms Gandhi Vadra stated, flagging the time period utilized by PM Modi in context of the protests.
Replying to the Presidential deal with on Monday, the Prime Minister had hit out at these behind the protests.
“There’s a new crop of ‘andolanjeevi‘. They dwell for protests. They search for methods to start out a brand new motion…The nation wants to pay attention to these ‘andolanjeevi‘,” he had stated.
With the BJP often pointing to the Congress as instigators to farmers, many in parliament, beginning with former Union minister P Chidambaram, had flaunted it as a badge of honour.