Rahul Gandhi Pledges to Remove PM Modi to Help Distressed Farmers

Rahul Gandhi at Kisan Mukti March in New Delhi on November 30, 2018. Photo: Congress
Rahul Gandhi at Kisan Mukti March in New Delhi on November 30, 2018. Photo: Congress

While the agrarian crisis persists under Modi government, over 300,000 farmers have committed suicide in India in the last 20 years because they are being oppressed by the government.

By Rakesh Raman

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said today that his party will help the farmers even if it has to remove the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He was speaking at a rally of protesting farmers who complain that they are suffering because of the anti-farmer policies of the Modi government.

Rahul Gandhi said that farmers are in distress and he cannot leave them alone. “Farmers will get justice,” he added. He was supported by a slew of opposition leaders.

Over 100,000 farmers from all over India are participating in a protest called Kisan Mukti March in Delhi, organized by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Co-ordination Committee (AIKSCC).

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While the agrarian crisis persists under Modi government, over 300,000 farmers have committed suicide in India in the last 20 years because they are being oppressed by the government.

The Kisan Mukti March has been inspired by the actions of farmers, agricultural laborers, and displaced workers from Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh.

The AIKSCC is demanding statute-based rights for farmers and agricultural workers through the passing of two Kisan Mukti Bills – The Farmers’ Freedom from Indebtedness Bill 2018 and The Farmers’ Right to Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Prices for Agricultural Commodities Bill 2018.

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The drafts of the Kisan Mukti Bills were first tabled in the Kisan Mukti Sansad of women farmers on November 20th, 2017 and have now been introduced in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha as private members’ bills.

In order to garner support for their movement, farmers also have started a Dilli Chalo petition which is addressed to the President of India.

The petition urges the President to ensure that a crisis of this scale that renders 70% of Indian citizens vulnerable is addressed by a joint session of the Parliament of this country.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.

Photo courtesy: Congress

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