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JP Nadda shares old video, take a look at Rahul Gandhi for criticism of farm laws

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) head JP Nadda shared an old video of Rahul Gandhi speaking at the Lok Sabha and accused him of now opposing what he stood for earlier. Nadda was referring to the opposition’s staunch criticism of agricultural laws.

Rahul Gandhi can be seen narrating the story of a farmer from Uttar Pradesh in the video. “A UP farmer once asked me how it was possible that while selling potatoes at 2 rupees per kilogram, his children were buying packages of potato chips, each containing fries worth one potato, for 10 rupees each,” he said.

“When asked why he thought this was happening, the farmer said it was because they couldn’t sell their products directly to the chip factories. If there was a provision for us to sell our products directly, without intermediaries, all the benefits would come to us ”, he added.

The video clip, from 2015, shows Rahul Gandhi talking about what motivated Congress to undertake the Amethi Food Park project.

The BJP government in the Center has been saying that the new farm laws, passed by Parliament in September, will be liberating for small farmers. According to the government, the laws will protect farmers from middlemen and increase their income. The group of farmers protesting the laws, however, feel that they will put them at the mercy of the big landowners. They have proposed December 29 as the date for the next round of talks with the government. This will be the sixth round of meetings between Union ministers and farmer groups.

The three contentious agricultural laws are: the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020, the Farmers Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Guarantee and Agricultural Services of 2020, and the Essential Products Act (Amendment ) of 2020.



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