Rahul Gandhi terms Centre's new farm laws attack on India's soul
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday termed the Centre's new farm laws an attack on India's soul. Addressing a public rally in Punjab's Bhawanigarh on the second day of the three-day Kheti Bachao Yatra, Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of trying to destroy the mandi and MSP system.
"If the BJP-led Union government succeeds in breaking the backbone of the farmers, the entire nation will be enslaved to industrialists like Ambani and Adani. The Modi government is doing to India what the East India Company of the British did," Rahul Gandhi said, adding that what people buy now for Rs 10 will cost them Rs 50 under the corporate regime, and the money will go not to the farmers or laborers but into the pockets of the corporate houses.
Rahul Gandhi said that Ambanis and Adanis will not use labour but would deploy machines to undertake the farm sector operations, rendering lakhs pf people jobless. "The farmers will be forced to deal with these industrialists under the new system, and even the administration and police of the state will not be able to help them," the Congress leader said.
On Monday, Rahul Gandhi took part in a tractor rally which started with a rally at Barnala Chow in Sangrur and traveled through Bhawanigarh, Fatehgarh Chhana, Bahmna, to culminate with another rally at the grain market in Samana in Patiala.
Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who lashed out at the Union government for 'destroying the time-tested farmer-Rashtriya relationship to handover agriculture to big corporates like Adanis and Ambanis'.
During his address, Amarinder Singh vowed to do whatever it takes to protect the farmers and the state from the devastating effects of the black laws' The CM said that his government would pass any resolution required in the state Assembly to counter the dangerous impact of the new farm laws on the farmers.
Both Rahul Gandhi and CM Amarinder Singh asserted that the new farm laws will leave farmers at the mercy of big industrialists, whom they will never be able to fight or go to for help.
“Will you go to Adanis and Ambani's when in need, as you do with to the arhtiyas at present,?” the chief minister asked the farmers, while Rahul Gandhi said that once these industrialists take control of food, every household will have to pay three-fold for the produce, leading to devastation and suffering for the entire nation.