Rahul Gandhi takes on Modi’s ‘suit boot ki sarkar’ over farmer debate in Parliament

Acche din? The ache din govt has failed India, Rahul said.

New Delhi: Do not hit farmers with the land ordinance axe, a resolute Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi told the Narendra Modi government in Parliament on Monday.

Back and fresh from his 57-day leave, Gandhi’s attack on the government’s farmer policies was unwavering and intense.

He dissed the government for its “corporate-friendly approach”, calling it a “suit boot ki sarkar”.

“What about the plight of farmers?” Gandhi asked, berating the government for the falling agricultural growth rate, which is now one per cent.

The Centre’s land ordnance came in for particular mention, with Gandhi asking Modi to personally look into the matter. “You talk about strengthening the country, but what will be the result of this land ordnance? 60 per cent of the country is dependent on agriculture, why are you hurting the country then?” he asked Modi, who was not present in the House.

Gandhi praised the UPA’s endeavours to strengthen minimum support price for produces. “That is how they gave us a green revolution,” he said.

He didn’t fail to take a dig at the government ‘achhe din’ slogan, stating this ‘achhe din’ government has been able to ensure only an increase of five per cent in credit, while the UPA government managed 20 per cent each year.

During his speech, Rahul referred to Modi as "aap ke pradhan mantri (your Prime Minister) as he was targeting the BJP.

When some BJP members said Modi was the Prime Minister of the country, Rahul said, "Ok, desh ke pradhan mantri hai (the country's Prime Minister)... But is he not your Prime Minister?"

In another dig at the government, Gandhi said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is the only person in the ruling party who speaks his heart.

"He (Gadkari) had said farmers should not depend on God or the government,", he noted, adding that it was "dil ki baat, mann ki baat (talk from the heart)".

( Source : dc with agency inputs )
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