Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 30
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday urged people’s support for the ongoing farmers’ agitation asking the general public and party workers to help farmers with food and other support.
“If farm laws favour farmers, why are they angry?” Gandhi asked the PM leading the party’s online speak-up for farmers’ campaign.
Gandhi said, “Patriotism means the protection of national strength. Farmers are the strength of the nation. The question is why is the farmer on the roads today? Why has he walked thousands of kilometres to Delhi? Why is the farmer disrupting traffic? PM Narendra Modi says the three farm laws are in favour of farmers. If so, why is the farmer angry? Why is the farmer not happy?”
Gandhi said the laws are meant for two to three friends of Modi’s.
“These laws are about stealing from the farmers. And therefore we will all have to stand with the strength of the country. People and Congress workers must help these agitating farmers with food and every which way possible,” he said.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, meanwhile, asked the Centre to withdraw all FIRs against farmers and talk to them unconditionally.
Congress leader Anand Sharma said the subversion of farmers’ interests was condemnable. “The government must speak to farmers with respect and without conditions,” said Sharma.
Haryana Congress chief Kumari Selja also slammed the Centre for “breaking the back of farmers with black laws”.
Party spokesman Jaiveer Shergill demanded dialogue to be started.