Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday will lead a protest march to Rashtrapati Bhawan to submit a memorandum containing 2 crore signatures against the Centre’s contentious farm laws. He will urge President Ram Nath Kovind to intervene for withdrawal of the three farm laws.
Various Congress leaders and MPs will take part in the march to show solidarity with the farmers who are camping at Delhi’s borders for nearly a month amid the cold wave conditions prevalent in northern India.
The march led by Rahul Gandhi will start from Vijay Chowk near Parliament building to the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Congress had launched a nationwide campaign to collect memoranda of appeals addressed to the President of India signed by the farmers, farm labourers and other stakeholders opposing these legislations right from the initial stage of introduction of these bills in the Parliament.
Around two crore signatories have sought intervention from the President for the withdrawal of the three farm laws. These will be submitted by the Congress delegation.
The protest march will mark a fresh offensive by the Congress against the Modi government over the contentious farm reform laws which have faced stiff opposition from farmers and political parties.
Farmers urge people to skip meals to show solidarity
Hundreds of farmer groups, agitating at the four main border posts to Delhi have urged citizens of the country to skip their lunch on Wednesday December 23, which is also “Farmers Day”, to show their support and put pressure on the government to heed their demands for repeal of the three new farm laws and making MSP mandatory on all private sector buyers of farm produce.
“Following up on the rallies held in Mumbai near Adani and Ambani outlets on Tuesday (December 22), the farmers plan to intensify their boycott campaigns and seek public support on December 26,” says Hannan Mollah, general secretary, All India Kisan Sabha, which is an umbrella for over 500 farmer groups.
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