New Delhi, Nov 30 : Lending support to the cause of farmers at the protest march in Delhi on Friday, the opposition leaders did not mince words as they flayed the Narendra Modi government for its anti-farmers policies, and called for a united fight for the rights of farmers and youth.
Addressing a gathering of over one lakh farmers, here, who were marched from Ramlila ground to Parliament Street, opposition leaders warned the Modi government that farmer’s wrath will lead to a regime change.
Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, NCP president Sharad Pawar, Loktantric Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, National Conference president Farooq Abdhullah, Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi, CPI leaders S Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, Samajwadi Party leader Dharmendra Yadav, social activist Medha Patkar, farmer’s leader Raju Shetty, All India Kisan Sangharsh Co-ordination, an umbrella body of 208 farmers, agriculture workers organisations, which orgainsed the Kisan Mukti March, convener VM Singh and others from various farmers organisations addressed the huge gathering.
Farmers from various states like West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh reached the national capital on Thursday and started their march to Parliament in the morning with slogans like 'Ayodhya nahi, karz maafi chahiye' (not Ayodhya, but need debt weaver).
Echoing the sentiments of the farmers, leaders lashed out at the Modi government and said that farmers were not asking any favour, but their right and assured that they would be with the farmers.
“A Rs 3.5 lakh crore loan taken by the Prime Minister’s 15 corporate friends was waived off by the Centre. If their loans can be waived off by the Government why can’t they waive off the loans of farmers?,’’Mr Gandhi asked and added that “ I assure the farmers of India, we are with you, don't feel afraid.
He pointed out that leaders of all parties are sitting at the stage and all are united for the future of the country, its youth and farmers despite having different ideologies.
“Mr Modi speaks on behalf of business magnates like Anil Ambani and Adani. We are ready to do whatever you want, even if that involves changing law.This country is not run by an individual, it is run by you, its countless farmers who feed the nation. Any government that insults the youth and farmer of this country will be thrown out”, said Mr Gandhi.
Attacking the Union Government Mr Kejriwal demanded that the Swaminathan Commission report be implemented and withdraw the affidavit in Supreme Court saying that the report cannot be implemented.
"Mr Modi has backstabbed the farmers. The BJP Government had promised to implement the Swaminathan Commission report. But the Modi government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, saying they cannot implement it. He has five months left in office, he should withdraw the affidavit and implement the report”, he said.
He also alleged that Pradhan Mantri Bima Yojana is a fraud and said money is withdrawn from accounts of farmers without their consent.
“It is a scheme to rob and not an insurance scheme. It is to helping the insurance companies, not farmers” and termed the scheme as Daaka Yojna.
Taking on the Modi government, Mr Yechury said that the BJP rakes up the Ram Mandir issue only when there are polls.
“They are misusing the name of Ram for electoral gain through divide the country. We want to tell the BJP that today marginalised, workers and farmers are united. We will unseat the this government and bring an alternative and bring the farmers and youth’s employment in the parliament”, he said.
"They misuse the name of Ram for electoral gains by dividing the country. Today, we want to tell the BJP that the marginalised, workers and farmers are united. We will unseat this government, bring an alternative in Parliament and relief for farmers and youth", said the Left leader.
He mocked the BJP and said that how the Kauravas had claimed that they would defeat the five Pandavas, but now nobody remembers their names except that of Duryodhana and Dussasana; the BJP too has been reduced to Mr Modi and its president Amit Shah.
Addressing the gathering, Mr Abdullah too lashed at the government and said the present dispensation is trying to divide the country on the basis of religion and not doing anything for farmers.
The public meeting adopted a ‘farmers manifesto’ which includes the demands raised by farmers organisations and will pursue the political parties to adopt it in their Lok Sabha election manifesto.
The meeting also decided to fight together to pass the private members bill, which was introduced earlier after detailed discussion with various political parties. (UNI)