Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday (December 24) hit out at the Modi government, saying anyone can be branded as a terrorist if they attempted to come in the way of the “crony capitalists”.
“Farmers, labourers and even Mohan Bhagwat (RSS chief) can be termed as such,” said the former Congress president.
Rahul’s remarks came after he submitted a memorandum containing 20 million signatures against the farm laws to President Ram Nath Kovind. “I want to tell the PM that these farmers are not going to go back home until these farm laws are repealed. The government should convene a joint session of Parliament and take back these laws. Opposition parties stand with farmers and labourers,” Rahul said.
“There is no democracy in India. It can be in your imagination, but not in reality. PM Modi is making money for the crony capitalists. Whoever will try to stand against him will be called terrorist — be it farmers, labourers and even Mohan Bhagwat,” he said.
“You have an incompetent man who is controlled by certain other people. This is what India has to understand. This is what all youngsters have to understand,” said Rahul.
“Their aim is to take huge amount of money from the poor people of India and put it in their pockets. And that’s what we are fighting. Frankly, it doesn’t matter what you think right now. If you are a farmer, you are going to face it. If you are a small businessman, you will face it. You are a journalist, you will face it,” said the Congress leader.
His remarks came a day ahead of protesting farmers’ one month of protest at Delhi border. The farmers and government have held five rounds of talks but without any solution. The farmers are adamant that the government withdraw three new laws, which they fear, will destroy the agriculture sector. The government has repeatedly assured the farmers on the Minimum Support Price and the Mandi system, and has made it known that it is ready for amendments in the laws. But the farmers remain unconvinced.