Congress leader Rahul Gandhi claimed on Saturday that if Prime Minister Narendra Modi had established a dialogue with farmers protesting the new farm laws, “733 lives” would have been saved. He was speaking at a corner meeting at Bhastan village in Buldhana district of Maharashtra during his Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Speaking at the end of the day’s march, he paid tribute to farmers who lost their lives protesting Farm Bills which were withdrawn by the Union Government on this day last year.
The Congress celebrated November 19 as Kisan Vijay Diwas (Farmers Victory Day). “Farmers are the voice of this nation. The agriculture laws were anti-farmers and hence started an unrest in the outskirts of Delhi, but the Modi government ignored their demands,” Gandhi said.
The laws were meant to help a few industrialists, he said.
“The government has the police, the arms, the administration and the farmers had only their voice. Due to the arrogance of this government, 733 farmers lost their lives during the unrest,” said the head of the Congress.
The Yatra stopped at Bhendval in Jalgaon-Jamod taluka of Buldhana district on Saturday evening.
The Congress also marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on Saturday by organizing a special “padyatra” for women with the Bharat Jodo Yatra which traveled from Shegaon to Jalamb in the district. The special march included female party officials and members of self-help groups (SHGs), all of whom wore colorful outfits. Donning a nine-meter saree, Nagpur Congress Bureau Member Nafisa Siraj said, “Hindus and Muslims are no different. By wearing this saree, I wanted to show the culture and tradition of Maharashtra.” Gandhi’s cross-country Bharat Jodo Yatra started in Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on September 7.
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