Congressional leaders meet with the president and seek repeal of farm laws
On Thursday, Congress urged President Ram Nath Kovind to ensure the repeal of the three laws “against farmers, against agriculture, against the poor and black” enacted in September. He added that Modi’s “autocratic” government refuses to listen to the agony and anguish of the farmers. The party also demanded that the government convene a special joint session of Parliament to repeal these laws.
A congressional delegation, led by Rahul Gandhi, met with the president and submitted a memorandum along with 20 million signatures collected in the past three months against the three laws.
“The current government appears to be serving the interests of only a handful of its crony capitalist friends in relation to the lives and livelihoods of 62 million rupees. [620 million] farmers and farm workers, ”the memo said.
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The delegation previously met at the party’s headquarters in New Delhi before heading to Rashtrapati Bhawan to meet with the president.
The Delhi police did not allow the Uttar Pradesh Secretary General of Congress, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and some other leaders to address the Rashtrapati Bhawan and took them into preventive custody.
Rahul Gandhi, opposition leader in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and party leader in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, were allowed to go to Rashtrapati Bhawan to meet with the president.
“I told the president that these laws are against farmers. The country has seen that farmers have stood up to these laws, ”Rahul Gandhi told reporters after meeting with the president. “I want to tell Prime Minister Narendra Modi that these farmers will not return home until these laws are repealed. The government should call a joint session of Parliament and withdraw these laws. “