Taking on the Congress in the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency from where its party chief Rahul Gandhi is contesting, the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF on Friday organised a farmers’ rally highlighting their “sorry plight” since the economic liberalisation of 1991. Also Read - Kerala Assembly Session Underway: Congress-led UDF Creates Ruckus, Stages Walkout

Holding placards and banners, the Left Democratic Front workers took out a march at Pulpally town in the high range constituency protesting the “continuing anti-farmer approach” of the Congress and the BJP. Also Read - Kerala CPI(M) Leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan Steps Down Amid Son's Arrest in Money Laundering Case

All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) national president Ashok Dhawale and other leaders participated in the march. Also Read - West Bengal: Veteran CPI(M) Leader Shyamal Chakraborty, COVID-19 Positive, Passes Away at 76

The banners listed the farmers’ suicides and their “sorry plight” since the 1991 economic liberalisation.

Dhawale, who had led the farmers in the historic Mumbai protest, said it was only the Left Front that can protect the rights of the farmers.

“The agrarian reforms and the economic policy of the Congress has affected the farmers. The BJP is just following the policy of Congress,” he said.

The Left farmers group also organised a ‘farmers parliament’.

“The neo-liberalisation policy of the Congress in 1991 destroyed the dreams of the farmers. Over thousands of farmers have committed suicide during the Modi regime,” a release issued by AIKS said.

Besides Amethi, Gandhi is contesting a second seat, Wayanad, where he had filed his papers on April 4.

The congress president filed his nomination papers for the Amethi Lok Sabha seat on Wednesday.