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Rahul a 'VIP kisan', sits on sofa on tractor: Smriti

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Roshneesh Kmaneck
October 05, 2020 18:39 IST
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Union Minister Smriti Irani on Monday ridiculed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as a "VIP kisan" after photographs showed him sitting on a cushioned seat on a tractor during his party's protest rally in Punjab against the Centre's new farm laws.

IMAGE: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh ride a tractor driven by Punjab Congress president Sunil Kumar Jakhar during their Kheti Bachao Yatra over new farm laws, in Sangrur district. Photograph: PTI Photo

Gandhi is holding a series of tractor rallies named 'Kheti Bachao Yatra' across the Congress-ruled northern state to protest against the three farm laws being seen as major reforms in the agriculture sector.

 

"He is someone who uses a sofa to sit on a tractor. A VIP kisan like him can never support a system which is meant to free small and marginal farmers from the clutches of middlemen," Irani, who had defeated Gandhi in Amethi in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, said.

Speaking to reporters at the Gujarat BJP headquarters, the Union textiles and women and child development minister hit out at Gandhi over his comment that the Congress, if voted to power, would scrap the contentious legislations.

"His dream of coming to power will never be fulfilled," the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said, adding "it is not in his nature to respect parliamentary traditions" as he had torn an ordinance (to protect convicted lawmakers) brought in by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government, referring to a 2013 incident.

"You cannot expect him to respect our Parliament," Irani asserted.

She said the new laws give farmers the right to sell their produce to anyone, anywhere at the price he deems fit, but the Congress got rattled as its politics is about keeping cultivators dependent on middlemen.

Irani claimed people are unable to understand why the Congress was against laws that would ensure farmers get fair and quick payment for their produce.

President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and
Facilitation) Bill; Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, which were passed by Parliament last month.

The Modi government claims these laws will boost growth in the agriculture sector, but critics say the reforms would lead to the exploitation of farmers by big private companies.

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