NEW DELHI: The Congress on Sunday extended support for the ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar, with party leader Rahul Gandhi saying the call for truth is echoing and an “unjust government” will have to be heard.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the ‘arrogance of power’ cannot tolerate the roar of farmers.
Thousands of farmers from Uttar Pradesh and neighboring states gathered in Muzaffarnagar on Sunday for a ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ aimed at “save the country” just months ahead of Uttar Pradesh’s crucial assembly elections.
The event was organized by the United Kisan Morcha (SKM) at the Government Inter College Ground in Muzaffarnagar to protest against the Centre’s controversial agricultural laws.
“The cry of truth is ringing. You have to listen, unjust government!” Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi.
Priyanka Gandhi also raised her voice in support of the Mahapanchayat and said, “Farmers are the voice of this country. Farmers are the pride of the country. The arrogance of any power cannot tolerate the roar of farmers.”
The Congress General Secretary said that the entire country is with the farmers in their demand for saving agriculture and for the arrears in return for their hard work.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that those who steal farmers’ fields are anti-nationals.
Supporting the Mahapanchayat, senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot expressed confidence that the Mahapanchayat organized under the leadership of the United Kisan Morcha would prove to be strong for the farmers.
“May this mahapanchayat prove to be a milestone in the direction of peaceful farmers’ movement,” Pilot said in a tweet in Hindi.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a conglomerate of several farmer unions, has been leading the movement against agricultural laws since last year.
The government has insisted that these laws have given farmers a new opportunity to sell their produce and rejected criticism that they are aimed at doing away with the minimum support price regime and agricultural markets.