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'Modi wants Ambani, Adani to make money,' alleges Rahul over new farm laws

Rahul M
·3-min read

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was finishing 'farmers and labourers' with the three farms laws just as he had “destroyed” small shopkeepers with demonetisation and GST.

Addressing a gathering in this Punjab town, Gandhi also asked the BJP-led Centre why it was in a hurry to bring the laws when there was a pandemic on.

BATHINDA, INDIA  OCTOBER 4: Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi waves during the Kisan Bachao rally at Badhni Kalan in Moga, on October 4, 2020 in Bathinda, India. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi extended support to protesting farmers of the country onSunday and said that he will fight for their rights even as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is bent on taking away bread and land from them.(Photo by Sanjeev Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
BATHINDA, INDIA OCTOBER 4: Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi waves during the Kisan Bachao rally at Badhni Kalan in Moga, on October 4, 2020 in Bathinda, India. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi extended support to protesting farmers of the country onSunday and said that he will fight for their rights even as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is bent on taking away bread and land from them.(Photo by Sanjeev Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

“Like he (Modi) finished small shopkeepers and small medium businesses with GST (Goods and Services Tax) and demonetisation, he is finishing farmers and labourers the same way and slashing your throats with these three laws,” he said.

Gandhi underscored the need for improving the food procurement and Public Distribution System and acknowledged that they had shortcomings.

“There is a need to strengthen this system. More mandis need to be set up. There is need to guarantee MSP (minimum support price). There is need to give infrastructure to farmers. there is need to set up silos,” he said.

“Narendra Modi is not doing this. Modi is not strengthening the system... If Modi gives better PDS and guarantees MSP and gives more mandis, then Ambani and Adani cannot make money,” the Congress leader alleged.

Gandhi, who is holding a series of tractor rallies named 'Kheti Bachao Yatra' across the state to protest the Centre's new farm laws, accused the prime minister of “destroying” the system.

BATHINDA, INDIA  OCTOBER 4: Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi (l), CM of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh (r) and PPCC President Sunil Jakhad (c) arrive at Congress's Kisaan Bachao Rally, at Badhni Kalan, in Moga, on October 4, 2020 in Bathinda, India. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi extended support to protesting farmers of the country onSunday and said that he will fight for their rights even as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is bent on taking away bread and land from them.(Photo by Sanjeev Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
BATHINDA, INDIA OCTOBER 4: Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi (l), CM of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh (r) and PPCC President Sunil Jakhad (c) arrive at Congress's Kisaan Bachao Rally, at Badhni Kalan, in Moga, on October 4, 2020 in Bathinda, India. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi extended support to protesting farmers of the country onSunday and said that he will fight for their rights even as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is bent on taking away bread and land from them.(Photo by Sanjeev Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also addressed the gathering and hit out at the Centre over the new farm laws.

Terming them 'black laws', Singh said his government would take the fight forward and take every step to safeguard the interest of the farming community.

“It is total injustice with farmers,” said Singh while referring to the three laws.

AICC general secretary in-charge of Punjab Harish Rawat, Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, ministers Balbir Sidhu, Vijay Inder Singla, Rana Gurmit Sodhi and Rajya Sabha MP Deepender Hooda were among the leaders present on the occasion.

However, MLA and former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was not there. President Ram Nath Kovind has given 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.

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