The Congress on Thursday urged President Ram Nath Kovind to make sure that the three “anti-farmer, anti-agriculture, anti-poor and black” legal guidelines enacted in September are repealed. It added the “autocratic” Modi authorities refuses to listen to the agony and anguish of farmers. The get together additionally demanded that the federal government convene a particular joint session of Parliament to withdraw these legal guidelines.
A Congress delegation, led by Rahul Gandhi, met the President and submitted a memorandum together with 20 million signatures collected previously three months in opposition to the three legal guidelines.
“Current day authorities appears to serve the curiosity of solely a handful of its crony capitalist associates vis-à-vis lives and livelihood of 62 crore [620 million] farmers and farm labourers,” learn the memorandum.
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The delegation earlier gathered on the get together headquarters in New Delhi earlier than continuing to the Rashtrapati Bhawan to satisfy the President.
The Delhi Police didn’t permit Congress basic secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and another leaders to proceed to the Rashtrapati Bhawan and took them into preventive custody.
Rahul Gandhi, Chief of the Opposition within the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and the get together’s chief within the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, have been allowed to go to the Rashtrapati Bhawan to satisfy the President.
“I instructed the President that these legal guidelines are anti-farmer. The nation has seen that farmers have stood up in opposition to these legal guidelines,” Rahul Gandhi instructed reporters after assembly the President. “I wish to inform Prime Minister Narendra Modi that these farmers are usually not going to return house till these legal guidelines are repealed. The federal government ought to convene a joint session of Parliament and take again these legal guidelines.”
Within the memorandum, the get together acknowledged that hundreds of thousands of farmers and farm labourers throughout India have been stoutly opposing the three legal guidelines.
“Regardless of extreme chilly and freezing temperatures, lakhs of farmers have continued their agitation in opposition to these legal guidelines for the previous 29 days and have been braving excessive hardship and untold distress to demand the repealing of those black legal guidelines. 44 annadatas (farmers) have misplaced their lives. But, an autocratic Modi authorities refuses to listen to their agony and anguish,” it stated.
The Congress additionally claimed that the legal guidelines have been pushed via an ordinance. “Even the establishment of Parliament was intentionally subjugated by passing these legal guidelines via a voice vote within the Rajya Sabha after suspending the Members of Parliament of the Congress and different opposition events. The current day authorities appears to serve the curiosity of solely a handful of its crony capitalist associates vis-a-vis lives and livelihood of 62 crore farmers and farm labourers.”
The Congress launched its three-month-long “mass motion” in opposition to the federal government for enacting the Farmer’s Produce Commerce and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Invoice, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Safety) Settlement of Value Assurance and Farm Providers Invoice, 2020 and the Important Commodities (Modification) Invoice, 2020 on September 24.
Rahul Gandhi additionally undertook a ‘tractor yatra’ throughout Punjab and Haryana as a part of the marketing campaign.
“Allow us to not neglect that the whole edifice of the minimal help value (MSP) will crumble within the absence of organised grain markets and aggressive auctions of meals grain to make sure MSP. Additionally, these legal guidelines will deal a physique blow to the meals safety of the nation as additionally to the whole public distribution system itself. The catastrophic consequence will be judged by your good self,” the memorandum stated.
Rahul Gandhi stated the opposition events stand with farmers and farm labourers. “Prime Minister Modi is getting cash for the crony capitalists. Whoever will attempt to stand in opposition to him will probably be known as terrorist—be it farmers, labourers and even Mohan Bhagwat (Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh chief). There is no such thing as a democracy in India. It may be in your creativeness, however not in actuality,” he alleged.
Rahul Gandhi additionally stated that China continues to be on the border and the Prime Minister is silent about it. “China has snatched away 1000’s of kilometers of India’s land. Why doesn’t PM talk about it, why is he silent on it?” he requested.
“Quite a few agricultural scientists and specialists have additionally warned the Modi authorities in regards to the large adversity that these three anti-farmer black legal guidelines would entail upon India’s farmers and its poor,” it added.
The get together knowledgeable the President that it has collected the signatures of almost 20 million farmers, demanding the repeal of the three legal guidelines.
“The identical are being submitted to your good self together with this memorandum. On behalf of India’s farmers, we urge you to make sure the repeal of those three anti-farmer, anti-agriculture, anti-poor legal guidelines,” learn the memorandum.
Earlier, Priyanka Gandhi and different senior get together leaders, together with Congress Working Committee (CWC) members and Members of Parliament, have been detained on the Mandir Marg police station by the Delhi police.
“We live in a democracy and these are elected MPs. They’ve the proper to satisfy the President and they need to be allowed. What’s the downside with that? The federal government just isn’t able to take heed to the voices of lakhs of farmers tenting at borders,” Priyanka Gandhi instructed reporters.
“Any dissent in opposition to this authorities is classed as having components of terror. We’re enterprise this march to voice our help for the farmers,” she added.
Aside from Priyanka Gandhi, the opposite leaders detained have been get together basic secretary in-charge of organisation KC Venugopal, Haryana Congress president Kumari Selja, CWC member Kuldeep Bishnoi and Maharashtra in-charge HK Patil.
“Generally they are saying we (Congress) are so weak that we don’t qualify to be the opposition and generally they are saying that we’re so highly effective that we now have compelled lakhs of farmers to camp at Delhi borders for a month. They need to first resolve what we’re,” Priyanka Gandhi stated.