Mumbai: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slammed PM Narendra Modi led government following farmers protest she said the government does not understand farmers or what they stand for? her statement comes while addressing the mahapanchayat as part of the party’s 10-day “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” campaign that will be held in 27 districts of the state.
The Kisan Mahapanchayat is being organized by the district administration in view of prohibitory orders banning large ceremonies. The order was passed in the state this morning, becoming a new attraction centre in protest against the three agricultural laws of the Center, which were initially run by farmers in Punjab and Haryana.
“They (government) call farmers anti-national, but in reality, it is they who are anti-national,” he said.
“They call farmers agitators, extremists and terrorists. They suspect farmers, but the heart of the farmer can never be against the nation. The heart of the farmer, his work is for the land itself. The farmer is on the ground, day. – Work overnight. On land. How can they cheat the country?” Congress General Secretary said.
“The Prime Minister had time to go to Pakistan, he had time to go to China, but he did not have time to go to the border areas of his constituency and meet farmers,” she said, pointing out that it was the farmers who had voted for him.
Ms Gandhi Vadra, while flagging off the words used by PM Modi in the context of the protests, said, “The Prime Minister himself insults farmers, that too in Parliament, by calling them ‘andolanjeevi’ (one who lives for agitation).”
Reacting to the President’s address on Monday, the Prime Minister attacked him during the protest.
“There is a new crop of ‘andolanjeevi’. They live for protests. They look for ways to start a new movement…The country needs to be aware of these ‘andolanjeevi’,” she had said.
With the BJP frequently pointing to the Congress as instigators to farmers, many in parliament, starting with former Union minister P Chidambaram, had flaunted it as a badge of honour.