Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri took a swipe at Rahul Gandhi right now over photos that confirmed the Congress chief sitting on what look like cushioned seats on a tractor throughout a rally in Punjab to protest towards the centre’s controversial farm legal guidelines.
Mr Puri, who’s the Civil Aviation Minister, tweeted “cushioned sofas on tractors is not a protest” and repeated the BJP line – that the Congress’s “protest” is an try to “misguide our farmers”.
“The ‘protest’ launched by the Congress is a political protest by those whose vested interests are hurt by the farm bills. Cushioned sofas on tractors is not a protest… it is ‘protest tourism’ to misguide our farmers, who are educated and intelligent enough to see through this façade,” Mr Puri tweeted.
On Sunday Mr Gandhi kick-started a three-day tractor rally in Punjab’s Moga to protest agriculture-related legal guidelines that farmers worry will rob them of a minimal assist worth for and authorities procurement of their produce, and expose them to exploitation by personal corporations.
“Their (the BJP’s) only aim is to destroy MSP and food procurement. The country knows farmers of India, farmer of Punjab and Haryana cannot survive without MSP. The Congress is never going to let this government to do it,” he stated yesterday.
Images from the rally confirmed Mr Gandhi sitting on what appear to cream-coloured cushions, on one aspect of the tractor driver, whereas Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh sat on the opposite aspect.
Lakhs of farmers throughout the nation – and significantly in Punjab and Haryana – have taken to the streets and blocked highways and railway tracks to spotlight their discontent over the laws.
The authorities has claimed the brand new legal guidelines – handed final month amid ruckus within the parliament – will assist farmers by permitting them to promote their produce at markets and costs of their alternative.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a number of verbal assurances that neither the MSP nor authorities procurement shall be stopped, however the farmers stay unconvinced.
Meanwhile, in one other tweet earlier right now Mr Puri additionally took a swipe on the Congress over the burning of a tractor close to India Gate in central Delhi final week throughout a farm legal guidelines protest, for which the Punjab Youth Congress took accountability.
“When informed criticism hits the target, attempts are made to shoot the messenger. Anybody who knows our farmers will know that farmers who toil on their land will never burn their tractor. The tractor was not burnt by farmers, it was burnt by Congressi goons,” he stated.