Oppn supports farmers and criticizes the government
Congress has launched a campaign called Speak Up for Farmers, which aims to mobilize workers in solidarity with those protesting on the streets.
As part of the campaign, Congressional Leader Rahul Gandhi called on his party workers to make sure to help protesting farmers and provide them with food in their own areas. “Farmers are the strength of the country and yet why are they on the streets having walked so far? If these farm laws are in your favor, why is the farmer so angry? These laws are for 2-3 friends of Narendra Modi. These laws are aimed at robbing farmers, ” he said in a video message.
Meanwhile, his colleague and deputy from Lok Sabha, Adhir Chowdhary, wrote to the prime minister proposing that farmers who have borrowed from the Kisan credit card can renew them by paying interest and not principal as well. “This feudal mentality of bankers who are putting up obstacles to secure financial assistance for farmers must be abdicated,” Chowdhary said in the letter.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also attacked the Center’s handling of the crisis. Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said: “The Modi government has spoiled farmers’ Diwali – farmers are scared by the prices their produce will fetch … the farmer is braving the cold water jets and police action. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is branding Dev Dipawali … ”
Amit Malviya from the BJP said that the AAP government has already implemented agricultural laws in Delhi. “Now that the Khalistanis and Maoists have stepped in to oppose it. It was never about farmers. Politics only, ” he tweeted. The AAP responded by saying: “The Delhi government notification allows farmers to sell their crops anywhere … we have not dismantled mandis …”