Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday, 3 December, hit out at the Centre and demanded financial assistance for the kin of the farmers who died during the agitation against the farm laws.
He also criticised the Union Ministry of Agriculture for claiming in Parliament that it has no record of farmers who died amid protest.
“A question was asked in Parliament whether the government proposes to provide financial assistance to the kins of farmers who died during the farmers' agitation. Ministry answers that the Ministry of Agriculture has no record in the matter and hence the question doesn't arise.”Rahul Gandhi, according to ANI
Pointing out that 700 farmers have died during the agitation, the Congress leader, according to ANI, said:
“PM himself has said that he has made a mistake, he has apologised to the nation. As a result of that mistake, 700 people have died. Now you are lying about their names. Why don't you have the decency to give them what is their due?”
WHAT ELSE DID RAHUL GANDHI SAY?
Gandhi also said that the Congress government in Punjab has compensated 403 people in the state with Rs 5 lakh each, and provided jobs to 152 people.
“We also have a list of 100 names from other states and a third list which is public info of names that can easily be verified. But the government says that such a list does not exist.”Rahul Gandhi, according to ANI
The Centre had on Tuesday said that it had no data pertaining to either cases against or the number of farmers who died during the year-long agitation demanding repeal of the three contentious farm laws and hence there was no question of providing financial assistance to anyone, reported IANS.
Earlier, on Thursday, Opposition leaders, including Gandhi, staged a protest against the suspension notice issued against 12 MPs for the third consecutive day.
Several Opposition parties also protested in the Rajya Sabha over the suspension of the 12 MPs, and issues such as farmers’ deaths, inflation, with several parties including Congress, TMC, NCP, RJD among others staging a walkout from the House.
The three contentious farm laws, that triggered nationwide protests by the farmers last year, were repealed in the Parliament on Monday, 29 November, on the first day of the Winter Session of the House.
The bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha after it resumed at 2 pm on Monday, after the Lok Sabha passed it around 12pm.
While the Opposition welcomed the move, several parties expressed disappointment over the government not allowing a discussion on the bill.
(With inputs from ANI and IANS.)