After taking out a tractor rally in his constituency in solidarity with the agitating farmers, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said agriculture is the only business that belongs to 'Bharat Mata' and called upon the people to 'force' the government to take back three farm laws brought the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government.
“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,” Rahul Gandhi said, addressing a meeting organised after the six kilometre tractor rally between Thrikkaipatta and Muttil.
“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,” the Wayanad MP said.
He alleged that 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 Narendra Modi.
Stating that agriculture is the biggest business in the country worth Rs 40 lakh crore and it is owned by millions and millions of Indians, the Congress leader said, “Agriculture is the only business that belongs to Bharat Mata' and a few people want to own this business.”
Rahul takes dig at PM Modi for ridiculing MGNREGA
Rahul Gandhi said Narendra Modi, who 'ridiculed' MGNREGA when he took over as Prime Minister in 2014, was 'forced to accept' the fact that the ambitious rural job scheme brought in by the previous UPA government played the role of 'saviour' of people of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When Modi became the 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, as he began his two-day visit to his constituency in poll- bound Kerala.
He said the prime minister was forced to increase the work and money of the scheme during the spread of coronavirus in the country.
“And he was forced to accept during COVID-19 that only MGNREGA played the role of saviour of our people," Gandhi said.
He noted that the demand for MGNREGA, which provides social protection for the most vulnerable people living in rural India by guaranteeing wage employment opportunities, 'skyrocketed' during COVID.
Additional inputs: PTI, ANI