Ahead of the upcoming polls in the southern state, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had led a tractor rally in Kerala’s Wayanad on Monday to protest against the Centre’s farm laws and questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the farmers’ protests that’s been raging for more than two months.
Gandhi drove the tractor from Thrikaripatta to Muttil covering 6 KM, accompanied by several vehicles.
“We have pop stars who are commenting on the situation of the farmers but the Indian government is not interested. The government is not going to take back these laws unless it is forced to. These three laws are designed to destroy the agriculture system in the country and give the entire business to two or three friends of PM Modi,” said Gandhi after taking out a tractor rally in Wayanad, his parliamentary constituency, Hindustan Times reported.
“Agriculture is the only business that belongs to Bharat Mata and few people want to own this business,” he said, urging people to force the government to take back three laws that are detrimental to the farming community.
The Left Democratic Front in Kerala, led by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, and the Congress-led opposition United Democratic Front have strongly opposed the Centre’s new farm laws.
Gandhi, however, hit out at the ruling party while criticizing the draft notification of the Centre on the Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) in Wayanad. He said the Centre informed Parliament that the rules were based on a report submitted by the state government.