‘Rahul Gandhi Declared War:’ Irani as Congress Targets Amit Shah
Rahul Gandhi said farmers are protesting as the government is destroying their livelihood.
Union Minister Smriti Irani on Friday, 29 January, lashed out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accusing him of "declaring war on the people of India".
“He (Rahul Gandhi) said that if his political stand is not supported by the PM of our country, then cities will burn! I appeal to every Indian citizen to ensure that Rahul Gandhi’s call for violence is met with sustained peace.”Smriti Irani, Union Minister
Rahul Gandhi in a press conference, earlier that day, had stated, “I want to say to the farmers that we are with you, do not step back even by an inch, do not let them take your lands.”
“The government must not think that farmers are going back to their homes, they are not. My concern is that the situation is going to spread. We need a conversation with farmers,” he said.
In response, Irani said, "Rahul Gandhi announced that the country would see the 26 January riots replicated in every city and even into slums... For the first time in history of India, a Congress leader asked for more violence instead of a call for peace."
‘Lapse From MHA’: Rahul Gandhi
Gandhi stressed that the farmers are protesting because the government is destroying their livelihood and what is being done to them is ‘criminal.’
He explained in his own words what the three contentious farm laws could result in, stating that the first law destroys the mandi system, the second allows unlimited storage of grains and other materials, making it impossible for farmers to negotiate, and the third says that farmers cannot go to court even if they have any grievances.
Speaking about the violence in Delhi on 26 January, Gandhi questioned why people had been allowed inside the Red Fort and why they had not been stopped.
“Ask the Home Minister what the objective was, of letting those people inside the premises,” he said. “Isn’t it a lapse on the part of Home Ministry?” he added.
He also said that the government should know that farmers' protests will not stop here and that it would spread elsewhere as well, creating instability which is not good for the country.
He also directly lashed out at PM Modi over the farm laws. Earlier in the day too, Gandhi had taken to Twitter to allege that PM Modi was "weakening" India by "attacking" farmers.
"PM is weakening India by attacking our farmers and workers. Only anti-national forces will benefit," he tweeted in Hindi.
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