Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “not bothered” about what is going on in the nation and he solely “protects his image”, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi stated on Tuesday as he attacked the Centre on the brand new farm legal guidelines. Gandhi was in Punjab as a part of his three-day ‘Kheti Bachao Yatra’, throughout which held a sequence of tractor rallies, to protest in opposition to the three new agriculture-related legal guidelines, which, he claimed, is not going to solely have an effect on farmers but additionally customers.

The Centre has asserted that the legal guidelines will likely be helpful for farmers and improve their earnings. Claiming that a number of establishments, together with the media, that shield the voice of the folks have been “captured” by the BJP-led Centre, Gandhi stated, “Give me free press and institutions which are free, this government will not last for long.” The prime minister doesn’t perceive these farm legal guidelines, the Congress chief alleged on the ultimate day of his yatra in Punjab and dared Modi to come back to the state and stand with farmers if these new legislations had been in the curiosity of the farming group. Gandhi additionally raised the Ladakh standoff concern whereas addressing the media right here. He claimed that Modi had stated nobody “snatched” India’s land. Then how was “1,200 square km” taken away by China, the Congress chief requested with out substantiating his declare.

“They talk of ‘Bharat Mata’, but Narendra Modi gave 1,200 square km of ‘Bharat Mata’ to China to protect his image. It is a reality,” he alleged. Gandhi urged that the media ought to name the prime minister to a press convention and discuss to him brazenly.

“Why is he scared of you Modi ji is only interested in his image. He will go to (Atal) tunnel alone and then waive. The media, on which there is full monopoly, will show it. So, he has an obsession with his image only. What is happening in India, he is not bothered about it,” he stated. Prime Minister Modi on Saturday inaugurated the strategically vital all-weather Atal Tunnel at Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh.

To a query on a weak Opposition in the nation, Gandhi stated the Opposition features inside a framework that features the media, the judicial system and establishments that shield the voice of the folks. “In India, this entire framework that protects the voice of the people has been captured. The entire architecture has been captured and then to say that the opposition is weak is not a correct statement, he said. “Give me a free press and establishments which might be free, this authorities is not going to final lengthy,” Gandhi said.

The BJP-led government at the Centre has captured the “soul” of the country, he said and accused it of destroying the food security system with the three “black legal guidelines”. He said if farmers were to benefit from these farm laws, then why did the prime minister not debate on this in Parliament. “Why had been the payments handed when he knew farmers wouldn’t have the ability to come out through the coronavirus pandemic,” Gandhi asked. “Why doesn’t Modi ji maintain a press convention like this and say these (legal guidelines) are in farmers’ curiosity. Why does he not come to Punjab and stand with farmers and say this,” he said.

The Congress leader said that with these laws, not only farmers but consumers would also be affected. Gandhi was flanked by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh who informed the media that his government will soon bring a special session to scuttle these legislations.

These laws are crafted to “destroy not simply farmers however the whole agricultural system, and the state”, Singh claimed. President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and the Farm Services Bill; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, which were passed by Parliament last month. Gandhi said he was committed to fighting against the Modi government’s attack on farmers. The government had earlier targeted SMEs and small traders with demonetisation and GST, he said. “I’ll battle them and cease them,” Gandhi said, pointing out that without minimum support price, Punjab, Haryana, and other agricultural states like Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan will have no future left. Taking a dig at the BJP for criticising him for sitting on a ‘gaddi’ (cushion) on a tractor, Gandhi quipped that the prime minister’s ‘Air India One’ did not just have a cushion but a whole lot of luxury beds for his comfort.

“Why do not you query them about this,” Gandhi asked the media in response to a question about him sitting on a ‘gaddi’ on a tractor during his Punjab ‘Kheti Bachao Yatra’. He accused the prime minister for “losing” thousands of crores of rupees on the plane just because “his pal Donald Trump (US President) has one (Air Force One)”.

It is strange that nobody is seeing or questioning the VVIP Boeing 777 purchased for this whopping amount, but everyone is being quick to point to the ‘gaddi’, the Congress leader said without giving a specific amount. He said that some well-wishers had put the cushion. On BJP’s claims that the farm laws, just like demonetisation and GST, were major achievements of the Modi government, Gandhi told the media to go and ask small traders and businessmen, and farmers, whether they considered these actions to be accomplishments or failures.

“If the farm legal guidelines are an achievement, then why are the farmers not celebrating, why are they not bursting firecrackers with pleasure,” he asked. Gandhi slammed the Modi government for “destroying” key systems such as SMEs and small businesses.

They have “ruined” the structure of employment by “destroying” small and medium businesses and now they are “destroying” the foundations of agriculture, he stated. Calling the prevailing meals safety system a fortress for farmers, Gandhi stated it had wanted enchancment and reforms, which is what the Congress manifesto had additionally promised.