Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday slammed the Opposition leaders for criticising the three farm laws and challenged them for an open debate on the controversial laws.
While addressing farmers in Chennai, Prakash Javadekar said, “Rahul Gandhi suddenly said you will (Centre government) have to withdraw the new farm laws. I am giving him an open challenge for a debate, whether the laws are good, in the interest of farmers or not. I am giving challenge to Rahul Gandhi and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) to debate.”
Javadekar’s scathing remarks came two days after Rahul Gandhi called the ongoing farmers’ agitation against farm laws as ‘Satyagraha’ and urged people to join the protest in solidarity with farmers.
On Thursday, the Congress leader took to his Twitter handle and cited a media report alleging the new farm laws have been formulated to dupe farmers.
“Farmers in India are agitating against anti-agricultural laws to avoid such a tragedy. In this Satyagraha, we all have to support the annadata of the country,” he tweeted.
It should be noted that the farmers’ protest at Delhi borders against the three farm laws has entered its 31st day today, and several rounds of talks between the Central govt and farmers’ leaders have failed to yield any result.
Hundreds of farmers have been protesting against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Source: Times Now