Launching a stinging attack on the Centre, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday demanded that the “arrogant” authorities should withdraw the brand new farm laws instantly and unconditionally. In a press release in Hindi, Gandhi mentioned governments and their leaders who ignore public sentiments in a democracy can not govern for lengthy and it’s now fairly clear that the protesting farmers won’t bow within the face of the Centre’s coverage of “tire and pushover”.
“Since independence, this is the first such arrogant government that has come to power in the history of the country that, leave alone people, cannot even see the sufferings and struggles of annadatas,” Gandhi mentioned. It appears that guaranteeing earnings for a handful of industrialists has develop into the primary agenda of this authorities,” she alleged.
There continues to be time, Gandhi mentioned, asking the Modi authorities to “leave the arrogance of power” and instantly withdraw the three black laws unconditionally to finish the agitation of the farmers who’re dying within the chilly and rain. “This is Rajdharma and a true tribute to the farmers who have lost their lives. The Modi government should remember that democracy means protecting the interests of the people and farmers-workers,” she mentioned.
“Along with the people of the country, I am also disturbed seeing the condition of the annadatas who have been agitating for 39 days at the borders of Delhi in the bitter cold and rain in support of their demands,” the Congress president mentioned.
In the wake of the federal government’s apathy, up to now, over 50 farmers have misplaced their lives with some even taking the step of committing suicide because of the authorities’neglect, she alleged.
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“But neither the heartless Modi government relented nor the Prime Minister of any other minister uttered a word of consolation till today. I pay my respects to all the deceased farmer brothers and pray to the Lord to give their families the strength to bear their sorrow,” Gandhi mentioned.
Braving the chilly, 1000’s of farmers, primarily from Punjab and Haryana, are protesting at numerous borders of the nationwide capital for greater than a month towards these laws.
The authorities has introduced these laws as main agriculture sector reforms geared toward serving to farmers and growing their earnings, however the protesting unions concern that the brand new legislations will go away them on the mercy of huge corporates by weakening the MSP and mandi techniques.
After the sixth spherical of formal negotiations on Wednesday, the federal government and farm unions reached some widespread floor to resolve protesting farmers’ considerations over rise in energy tariff and penalties for stubble burning, however the two sides remained deadlocked over the primary contentious problems with the repeal of three farm laws and a authorized assure for minimal help value (MSP).
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