Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday evening hailed the Modi authorities’s choice to cancel the three controversial farm legal guidelines, calling it “the victory of the wrestle and willpower of 62 crore farmers and farm labourers (and) sacrifices of greater than 700 farmer households”.
The “anti-farming legal guidelines have misplaced and the annadata (farmer) has emerged victorious”, she mentioned, slamming the “anti-farmer, anti-labourer conspiracy… (and) vanity of dictatorial rulers”.
Mr Gandhi additionally underlined the significance of the MSP system for the farmers – one thing farmer leaders have mentioned they’ll proceed to protest for even after the three legal guidelines are repealed.
“After nearly 12 months of Gandhian agitation, immediately is the victory of the wrestle and willpower of 62 crore farmers and farm labourers… sacrifices of greater than 700 farmer households have paid off… At present is the victory of reality, justice and non-violence,” she mentioned.
“At present, the anti-farmer, anti-labourer conspiracy hatched by the folks in energy has been defeated and the vanity of the dictatorial rulers too. At present, the three anti-farming legal guidelines have misplaced and the annadata has emerged victorious,” Mrs Gandhi declared.
The Congress chief emphasised the significance of MSP – farmers have demanded authorized ensures for the value assist system along with the scrapping of the “black” legal guidelines.
“… in line with the Authorities of India, the common earnings of the farmer has come all the way down to Rs 27 per day and the common debt burden is Rs 74,000… the federal government must suppose once more on how farmers can get the honest value for his or her crop by means of MSP,” she mentioned.
MSPs are essential in serving to farmers climate the vagaries of farming – these dangers embody dangerous climate, demand volatility, pure disasters, infestation by pests, and so on.
The federal government had mentioned it could solely supply a written (non-binding) supply on this depend.
Farmers protesting the legal guidelines have warily welcomed the choice to recall the legal guidelines, however have underlined their dedication to get authorized ensures for MSP earlier than backing down.
That they had expressed fears the MSP system can be scrapped beneath one of many (to-be-scrapped) legal guidelines, one thing the federal government had denied.
Mrs Gandhi additionally took a swipe at Prime Minister Modi and the BJP, notably over the best way the legal guidelines had been handed in September final yr – amid ruckus in Parliament as opposition events accused the federal government of steamrolling the legal guidelines by each homes.
“In a democracy, any choice ought to be taken solely after holding dialogue with all, the consent of all these affected and after session with the opposition. Hope the Modi authorities has no less than learnt some classes for the longer term,” Mrs Gandhi mentioned.
Earlier immediately senior Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and former Union Minister P Chidambaram additionally spoke out on the cancelling of the legal guidelines.
A January tweet by Mr Gandhi has been broadly shared on-line; in it he had mentioned: “Mark my phrases, the federal government must take again the anti-farm legal guidelines.”