Congress leader Rahul Gandhi labelled the Centre as a “hum do, humare do ki sarkar” in the Lok Sabha on Thursday (February 11), in an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government over the contentious farm laws.
Raising the issue of the three laws while participating in the Budget debate, Gandhi took a jibe at the central government using India’s well-known family planning slogan to describe it.
Gandhi said the PM’s “hum do, hamare do” principle has been in play in demonetisation, Goods and Services Tax and, most recently, the farm laws, which have led farmers to launch a large-scale protest across the country. The country is being run by four people, he said, amid opposition from the BJP members in the House. Though he did not name anybody, it was apparent, newspaper reports alleged, that he was referring to Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and two leading businessmen of the country.
Gandhi said that the three agri-laws passed during the Monsoon session in 2020 would lead to industrialists buying unlimited quantity of food-grains and hoarding them. The Acts would destroy India’s food security system, which would hurt the rural economy, he said.
Championing the farmers’ cause, he said the whole country was supporting the agitation. According to Rahul, the prime minister had said that laws will provide greater options to farmers. But the only options before farmers now are hunger, unemployment, and suicide, he said.