In a bid to show solidarity with the farmers protesting against the contentious farm laws passed by the Centre, Rajasthan Congress workers on Sunday assembled at the Shaheed Smaarak to stage protest against the Union government.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and party leader Sachin Pilot shared the platform to the delight of the Congress workers who greeted them with thunderous slogans. A large number of supporters of Pilot were also seen and they joined the protestors forgetting all their internal differences.
Both Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot addressed the farmers. Notably, the Congress government in Rajasthan through a Cabinet decision had decided to stage a protest on Sunday against the farm laws. Over 80 of the party MLAs, former MLAs and members of parliament were present at the protest site.
A large number of municipal councillors, panchayat members, pradhans, sarpanch and others were present to support the protest against farm laws.
Modi govt insensitive: CM
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, while addressing the party workers, said that the insensitive Modi government has not cared to listen to the farmers who are staging a protest in the midst of bitter winter and cold.
He said the protesting farmers are the voice of the farmers community of all over the country and the Union government should hold talks in a positive atmosphere and find a solution.
Modi govt arrogant: Pilot
Sachin Pilot said that ever since the freedom movement, the farmers sided with the Congress because it took up the issue of the farmers. He said the Congress has produced number of Kisan leaders, but the BJP could not produce one leader from the farming community.
He said that the Union government was showing its arrogance by not finding a solution to the problems of the farmers. He called the farmer’s agitation a historic protest.
Rajasthan govt to launch campaign
The Rajasthan government will also launch a week-long campaign ‘Kisan Bachao-Desh Bachao’ on Tuesday under which ministers, party workers and public representatives will visit villages in the state demanding the rollback of the three laws.
Ultimatum from farmers
The farmers and the Centre will sit for the seventh round of discussions on January 4. Leaders of the farm unions have warned to intensify the agitation at Delhi’s borders if the demands are not met. The farmers’ leaders have said that protests will begin from January 6 for two weeks if the laws are not repealed by the government.
“This is our ultimatum. If all issues are not resolved and our demands not met by Republic Day, then we will start entering Delhi. The government is saying that 50% of the demands have been met. But the government has shown no signs of meeting our biggest demands,” farmers’ rights activist and Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav said on Saturday.
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