NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi on Thursday met President Ram Nath Kovind and demanded a joint session of Parliament to repeal the three agri laws. Gandhi during his meeting with the president alleged that there is "no democracy in India" and it exists "only in imagination". He further said that if the prime minister does not repeal these laws, the country will suffer.
Today, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury met President Kovind and handed over to him a memorandum signed by two crore farmers seeking withdrawal of the three legislations.
"We told the president that the new agri laws are anti-farmer. The farmers and labourers will suffer due to this. The government said that these laws are in favour of the farmers, but the country is seeing that it is the farmers who are against these legislations," Gandhi said.
"The farmers (camping at Delhi borders) would not return till these laws are repealed. The government should convene a joint session of Parliament and repeal these laws," he told reporters after meeting the president.
"If you destroy the agri system... There will be massive destruction. The way the agri laws were passed in Monsoon session of Parliament in September, without any discussion and consultation, they need to be withdrawn."
The farmers are in pain and also dying. The prime minister will have to listen to them, the Congress leader said and asserted that all opposition parties are standing in solidarity with the farmers.
Launching a scathing attack on PM Narendra Modi, the former congress president alleged that anyone "trying to take power from him will be dubbed as terrorist and anti-national".
"He will make sure the wealth of people is transferred to crony capitalists. He will call people anti-nationals, terrorists to transfer the wealth of these people to three-four crony capitalists close to them," Gandhi alleged.
The Congress leader said that he had warned about COVID-19. "I say things in advance. Again, I say, no power can stand before the farmers and labourers."
Meanwhile, The Delhi Police on Thursday took Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi and others into custody as the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress delegation was marching to the Rashtrapati Bhawan on today morning to submit a memorandum of 2 crore signatures against the Centre’s farm reform laws.
Congress’ march to Rashtrapati Bhavan was stopped by police. Rahul Gandhi proceeded to the Rashtrapati Bhawan to meet President Ram Nath Kovind with the signatures against farm laws and said the farmers will not budge from Delhi borders till the farm laws are repealed.
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