New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government and said that the leaders of all opposition parties stand united with farmers in ensuring their good future. While addressing a gathering of protesting farmers at Parliament street in national capital, Gandhi asserted that no one will be able to silence the voice of farmers and youth. “If the Indian government insults them, then they will will ensure its removal. The farmers were not seeking a “free gift” from the government by asking for a farm loan waiver. They were only asking for what’s due to them, the Congress chief added. Also Read - Observe Festivals With Modesty, Light Lamp For Soldiers: Key Points From PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat
Speaking at the gathering Gandhi escalated his attack on Centre saying,” Modi ji had promised MSP will be increased, PM promised bonus, but look at the situation right now, empty speeches are being given and nothing else. I assure the farmers of India, we are with you, don’t feel afraid. Aapki shakti ne is desh ko banaya hai.” Furthermore the Congress chief asked,”,”If this government can waive Rs 3.5 lakh crore loans of 15 big industrialists, why can’t the loans of crores of farmers in the country be waived?” (Also read: Ramlila Maidan Resonates With Demands For ‘Haq’) Also Read - Mann Ki Baat Highlights: PM Modi Bats For Buying Local Products on Dussehra
Earlier in the day, thousands of farmers belonging to Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh arrived at Parliament Street. They are seeking a Joint Session of Parliament to discuss the agrarian crisis in India. As many as 200 farmer groups have come together under the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee. Also Read - US Election 2020: 'PM Modi, Trump Get 'Along So Well', Says Former US Envoy; Claims Relationship With India Has Never Been This Stronger
Notably, this is the third such protest in the past three months. On September 5, workers and peasants began their march from Ramlila Maidan. Then, on October 2, over 70,000 farmers, with a large convoy of tractors and trolleys, were stopped at the borders of Delhi, where police resorted to water cannons and tear gas firing to curb their movement forward. The yatra had begun from Haridwar on September 23 and was scheduled to conclude at the Kisan Ghat in New Delhi.