Tribune News Service
Patiala/Pehowa, October 6
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday kept up the attack on the Centre over new farm laws, saying the fight against these legislations was not of farmers or labourers alone, but it was “India’s fight”.
Addressing a gathering in Patiala on the concluding day of “Kheti Bachao Yatra”, Rahul said if these new measures were implemented, farmers and labourers would become “slaves” of a few corporates. In the evening, he addressed farmers at Pehowa and Kurukshetra in Haryana.
The Congress leader alleged that the Prime Minister was “killing” all institutions in the country to ensure his image across the world remained “strong”. “Modi is not interested in people of the country but is only concerned about protecting and promoting his image which would have got dented had he admitted to China’s incursion,” he said.
Rahul said the Congress favoured grain markets as it had the interest of farmers in mind. The party manifesto promised a grain market at every 4 km. He said if farmers were hit then India’s food security would be finished. “And if that happens, the entire country will once again become a slave. This fight is not just of farmers and labourers, but this is India’s fight.”
Rahul was briefly stopped on the Punjab-Haryana border but was later allowed to enter after heated arguments between the party workers and the police. “They have stopped us on a bridge on the Haryana border. I’m not moving and am happy to wait here. 1 hour, 5 hours, 24 hours, 100 hours, 1,000 hours or 5,000 hours,” Rahul tweeted. Rahul also visited Kurukshetra grain market and interacted with farmers and traders.