Mounting an offensive against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi today accused him of ignoring farmers and labourers while harping on democracy.
“Modi-ji talks about democracy but does not talk about our farmers and labourers, who run this democracy. He forgets them,” he said after meeting farmers, who had come to participate in a victory procession organized by Youth
The Congress vice president said his fight to make them equal partners in the progress of the nation will continue.
Congress set up a high-level committee to organise ‘Kisan Samman’ rally on September 20 to target the Modi government as “anti-farmer” ahead of Bihar Assembly polls.
“Met delegations of farmers from various states and assured them of the Congress Party’s continued support. Proud to have fought alongside farmers against the NDA Govt’s anti-farmer amendments to the Land Bill.
“But the fight to ensure that farmers are equal partners in the progress of the nation continues and Congress is committed to that goal,” Gandhi said on Twitter.
Earlier, Rahul met about 400 farmers from Delhi, Haryana, Himchal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab at 10 Janpath, the residence of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Sonia, who also interacted with the farmers, said a coordination committee headed by party veteran A K Antony has been set up to chalk out details of the rally.
Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh are co-chairmen of the committee, in which former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and AICC treasurer Moitlal Vora have been made members.
AICC general secretaries, in-charge of party state units, PCC chiefs and CLP leaders of Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh (Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh), Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand (Chief Minister Harish Rawat) and Uttar Pradesh are also members of the panel.
The party said that the September 20 rally, which will be addressed by both Sonia and Rahul, was aimed at celebrating the success of farmers and farm labourers, and telling the Modi government that it cannot replace the hard work of the farmer with its “dictatorial” will.
“This is the victory of Congress. But it is the victory of farmers as well,” said Rahul after his meeting.