NEW DELHI – Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is in Punjab to participate in a protest against the new controversial agri laws. He will hold a series of public meetings with farmers in the state as part of the “Kheti Bachao Yatra” (Protect the agricultural sector), which is aimed to highlight the Congress’ stand against these laws that were cleared by the parliament last month amid fiery protests by the opposition.
Rahul Gandhi, while addressing a rally in Punjab, said: “Can farmers survive without Minimum Support Price (MSP)? The country knows farmers of India, Punjab, Haryana cannot survive without MSP. PM Modi says Mandi is not needed. I know the system has flaws and shortcomings. But the system cannot be destroyed. Make the system better. PM says farmers can sell their produce anywhere. But, mandis will be destroyed. Roads that have been built, linking the mandis, will be destroyed.”
He will also be holding a tractor rally as a part of the first day’s schedule of the three-day Yatra along with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar and other party leaders.
Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Punjab comes days after Amarinder Singh held a sit-in against the farm laws. Punjab and several other states have witnessed fierce protests by farmers in the last week over the three laws that were cleared by the President on Sunday.