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Rahul Gandhi takes out tractor rally in Wayanad in solidarity with agitating farmers

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New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi on Monday took out a tractor rally in his constituency in solidarity with agitating farmers.

The Wayanad MP addressed a meeting after the six km tractor rally between Thrikkaipatta to Muttil in this hill district.

Gandhi, who is on two-day visit to his constituency in poll-bound Kerala, hit out at the BJP-led NDA government saying that agriculture is the only business that belongs to “Bharat Mata” and urged the people to “force” the government to take back the three farm laws. “Agriculture is the only business that belongs to Bharat Mata and a few people want to own this business.”

The congress leader alleged Modi had “ridiculed” the rural job scheme when he took over as PM in 2014 but was later “forced to accept” the fact that the programme brought in by the previous UPA government played the role of “saviour” of people of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have pop stars who are commenting on the situation of Indian farmers but the Indian government is not interested. They are not going to take back three laws unless they are forced,” he said.

“The entire world can see the difficulties faced by Indian farmers. But the government in Delhi is unable to understand the pain of the farmers,” Gandhi said.

He alleged the three laws are designed to destroy the agriculture system in India and give the entire business to 2 to 3 friends of Prime Minister Modi.

He referred to the recent “hum do, hamare do” jibe he had made in Parliament to give a narrative that two people in the government are partnering with two people outside the government to control the Indian agriculture.

The idea is that farmers should sell their produce directly to these people. They want to destroy the entire agricultural chain that protects 40 per cent of people of this country,” Gandhi said.

Earlier, inaugurating a Kudumbasree Sangamam at Poothadi Grama Panchayat, Gandhi said: “When Modi became Prime Minister, in Parliament House, in front of all of us, he ridiculed MGNREGA. He said MGNREGA was an insult to the Indian people,” Gandhi alleged. (With inputs from PTI)

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