Rahul Gandhi drives tractor for supporting farmers’ protests.
Congressional leader Rahul Gandhi drove a tractor to parliament Monday to protest against the three farm laws. However, Rahul was not allowed to enter the Parliament building on the tractor. Security officers at the entrance stopped him when vehicles with valid passes can enter the Parliament Complex.
Rahul was accompanied by a party colleague and Rajya Sabha MP, Deepender Hooda. Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, Rahul said the Modi government should repeal the three “controversial” farm laws.
“… they have brought the farmers’ message to Parliament. They are not allowing their demands to be discussed in Parliament. Farmers are being crushed, their voices are being crushed … that’s why we are here. These are black laws. … they will have to withdraw the laws, “former Congress Speaker Rahul Gandhi told reporters outside Parliament’s door.
“The laws will only benefit a few businessmen … the whole country knows who these laws will benefit,” he added.
Thousands of Punjab, Haryana and West UP farmers across the country have been agitating at three border points in Delhi, Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur, against the three farm laws that they claim will eliminate the minimum support price system, leaving them at the mercy of large corporations.
More than 10 rounds of talks with the government, which has been projecting the laws into major agricultural reforms, have failed to break the deadlock between the two sides. A tractor parade in Delhi on January 26, which was to highlight demands by farmers’ unions to repeal three farm laws, had dissolved into anarchy on the streets of the national capital as thousands of protesters broke barriers, fought with the police, overturned vehicles, and raised a religious flag from the walls of the iconic Red Fort.
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