‘Even Congress doesn’t take it seriously’: Narendra Singh Tomar mocks Rahul Gandhi
Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar met with a delegation of farmers from Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday. When interacting with the media after the meeting, Tomar claimed that the delegation had presented him with a letter supporting the three agricultural laws. He also attacked the leader of Congress, Rahul Gandhi, who that same day met with President Ram Nath Kovind, seeking his intervention to repeal the three laws.
“Baghpat farmers have given me a letter in support of the Center’s agricultural laws. I have been told that the government should not give in under any pressure to make amendments to the agricultural bills, ”Tomar quoted the ANI news agency as saying after meeting with a delegation of 60 farmers belonging to Kisaan Mazdoor Sangh.
As protests against the farm laws have gathered momentum, Tomar, in recent days, has met with various delegations of “farm leaders” who he says support the reforms. “Whatever Rahul Gandhi says, not even Congress takes it seriously. Today, when he went to register his protest with the president with signatures, these farmers told me that no one from Congress came to obtain their signature, ”Tomar said, also quoted.
The agriculture minister was referring to a memorandum presented by Gandhi to the president, which, according to Congress, has two million signatures against the agricultural laws. “If Rahul Gandhi was so concerned then he could have done something for the farmers. The character of Congress has always been anti-farmer, ”added Tomar.
Gandhi had met with Kovind along with other Congress leaders, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. Several other congressional leaders, including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, were detained by Delhi police as they tried to march towards Rashtrapati Bhavan. This, police said, was done because only Gandhi, Azad and Chowdhury had permission to meet with Kovind.
The protests against the farm law, which take place on various borders of Delhi, entered on the 29th on Thursday.