Congress party launched a strong attack on the ruling BJP government and in particular on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during its much awaited Kisan rally in the capital. The rally gains significance as both the BJP-led Central government and the Congress party are locked in the political battle over the land acquisition ordinance.
Congress leadership made a direct pitch to all their workers and the gathering of farmers to oppose the ordinance on the land acquisition.
Addressing as big gathering at ramlila maidan under hot afternoon, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi asked the farmers not to surrender their land. “Modiji took loans from the industrialists and to pay them back he will give them your land” Rahul Gandhi told the rally.
“Congress will stand with you. If they try to take your land, we will be there. You will see Congress workers there, you will see me there…Farmers strengthen the nation before Industrialists… they feed the nation”, he added while addressing his first public rally after returning from his leave of absence.
The massive Khet-Kisan Mazdoor rally is also soon as Rahul Gandhi’s political comeback as much as Congress party’s bid to regain the lost ground.
For the last few days Congress party’s various frontal organizations and state units has been working overtime to make this rally a grand success. While the workers began assembling from morning, the top leadership reached the venue, capital’s historic ramlila maidan, little before the noon. Among the heavyweights Sonia Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi and AK Antony were seen at top of the stage, while Digvijay Singh held the dais. The party General Secretary considered close to Rahul Gandhi, Singh was also seeing over a small delegation of farmers who welcomed and garlanded the top leaders on stage.
Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was the first one to speak among the big leaders. Taking on the current Modi government he said “During poll campaign, Modiji used to go around saying they will work for farmers but nothing of that sort has happened. Ordinance against 2013 bill we brought is aimed at wiping out all benefits for farmers. We will fight against these laws.”
Shortly after Rahul Gandhi, the party president Sonia Gandhi too sharpened her attack “Government isn’t ready to procure wheat from farmers but are signing import deals with Australia. The value of paddy has fallen 35% in the past one year.”
“There is such a gap between what this Govt says and does” Sonia Gandhi added. Off late, Sonia Gandhi has been leading from the front be it taking on the government inside or outside the parliament.
While her son and party’s number 2 leader Rahul Gandhi was away on a ‘leave of absence’ for the last 2 months, Sonia Gandhi has been actively pitching for the revival of the party over the issue of land ordinance. Be it on a rigorous tour meeting the rain affected farmers farmer to organizing and leading a march of opposition parties from Parliament to Rashtrapati Bhawan, Sonia Gandhi is seen to be proactive again.
The rally has come at a crucial time when the second leg of budget session starting from Monday. The confrontation, therefore, between the government and principal opposition party is only expected to go on over the emotive issue of ordinance on acquiring a land, the move which Congress party has dubbed ‘anti-farmer’.