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Rahul Gandhi asks Narendra Modi to reach out to farmers

Rahul Gandhi has described farmers’ burning of the Prime Minister’s effigy on Dussehra as a “very dangerous precedent” and asked Narendra Modi to reach out to them and provide the healing touch.

Farmers at many places in Punjab and Haryana had on Sunday replaced Ravan’s effigy with Modi’s for the burning ceremony, calling the Prime Minister “Kisan ka Ravan (Farmer's Ravan)”.

At some places, portraits of industrialists Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani were attached to Modi’s effigy.

Farmers are angry over the recent farm laws passed by Parliament, which they fear would deprive them of the relative security of minimum support prices and leave them vulnerable to exploitation by big companies.

Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “This happened all over Punjab yesterday. It’s sad that Punjab is feeling such anger towards the Prime Minister.”

He added: “This is a very dangerous precedent and is bad for our country. The Prime Minister should reach out, listen and give a healing touch quickly.”

In BJP-ruled Haryana, police cracked down on the protesters. They rounded up farmers from many villages and booked Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Gurnam Singh Charuni over the burning of the Prime Minister’s effigies and charged him with creating enmity in society.

The BKU, a non-partisan farmers’ organisation with a presence in several states across the country, is leading the agitation for the withdrawal of the new laws. Over 250 farmers’ unions have joined the protests.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has repeatedly warned the Centre

 

 

Source: Telegraphindia
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