Tribune News Service
Patiala, October 6
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday alleged that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government was “killing” all institutions in the country to ensure his image across the world was “strong”.
“BJP is killing all small businesses to ensure that his corporate friends are happy,” he said.
Gandhi was adressing the media on the third day of his ‘Kheti Bachao Yatra’ from Circuit House in Patiala. Gandhi, along with senior state Congress leaders, is holding a series of tractor rallies across Punjab to protest the Centre’s new farm laws.
Gandhi said farmers were hit the worst and had taken to the roads to protest. The senior Congress leader alleged that the BJP had “bought” all institutions that lead to poor decisions and the Chinese intrusion.
Gandhi said the opposition was not only threatened but also arm-twisted to break thier unity. He also spoke about the Hathras rape-murder.
“What happened in UP. I am ok if they hit me a little. BJP is already beating farmers and labourers. So if I get hit it doesn’t matter,” said Gandhi.
“My political path would have been easy had I not been opposing the government vehemently at all things I think are wrong,” he said.
Gandhi said: “If farmers ordinances are in farmer’s interests then why Narendra Modi doesn’t face the media like I do”.
Gandhi said the Congress manifesto was clear in wanting to develop a farmer’s market every four km.
Partap Singh Bajwa, who has been a vocal critic of the state government led by Capt Amarinder Singh, also found a place on the stage accompanied by cabinet ministers Brahm Mohindra and Vijayinder Singla.
President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill; Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, which were passed by the Parliament last month.