New Delhi, January 3
Ahead of the seventh round of talks between the Centre and the agitating farm unions to break a prolonged impasse over three agriculture related laws, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday demanded that the legislations be repealed.
In a statement here, Sonia blamed the Centre for arrogance and said its policy of tiring out farmers and pushing them over would not work.
“There is still time, the Centre should stop being obstinate and drunk on power and immediately rescind three black laws unconditionally to break the deadlock and assuage farmers who are dying in the winter and rain. This is ‘rajdharma’ and an apt tribute to farmers who have died,” said Sonia, maintaining democracy meant accommodation of diverse interests.
“Along with the people of India, I am deeply disturbed at the plight of the ‘annadatas’ who have been agitating for 39 days on Delhi borders in harsh cold and rain. Due to government apathy, over 50 farmers have lost their lives…some have died by suicide. But neither the heartless government relented, nor the PM or any other minister uttered a word of consolation. This is the most arrogant government the country has seen since Independence. Leave alone people, it cannot even heal the suffering of the ‘annadatas’,” said Sonia, asserting corporate interest was getting the better of the Centre.
The government, for its part, said it was hopeful of a positive outcome. — TNS