The Congress on Saturday condemned the government’s decision to recommend re-promulgation of the land ordinance, terming it “an insult to the parliament” while calling for its withdrawal.
The decision to re-promulgate the ordinance “was a gross injustice with farmers of the country”, said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala in a statement, adding that the government should seek forgiveness from people on the “insensitive decision”.
“This is insult of the Indian parliament which had refused to pass the anti-farmer bill,” Surjewala said.
Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “double-faced anti-farmer attitude”, Surjewala said, “The Prime Minister had said he was open to suggestions on the land bill but his government again put its stamp on the ordinance.”
“On the one hand, the BJP-led government forms a joint committee to have a re-look at the bill, on the other hand it plays a cruel trick (to approve re-promulgation of ordinance),” he said, adding the decision should be immediately taken back.
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday attacked the policies of the central government and said that unity in diversity is our strength, and the strength of the country will increase by uniting all.
He said “making brothers fight against each other cannot benefit the country.”
Rahul Gandhi was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the three-day National Tribal Dance Festival here in the Chhattisgarh on Friday.
He said: “Without taking everyone together, every religion, every caste, tribal, Dalit, or backward, the country’s economy cannot run. Until all the people of this country are united, until everyone’s voice is heard in the Assembly and in the Lok Sabha, nothing can be done about unemployment or about the economy.”
Rahul raised questions about the current economic situation and the relief given to a select few: “The economy is run by the peasants, labourers, the poor and the tribals. If all the money is given to 10-15 people, demonetisation is done, wrong GST is implemented, then employment cannot be created in India, economy cannot run.”
Appreciating the initiatives taken by the Chhattisgarh government, Rahul Gandhi said: “Here farmers, youth, tribals, women are being heard and are taking the state forward.”
“Together, everyone is taking this state forward. It makes a difference, violence has reduced here, the economy here is overtaking other states. This difference is visible, because nothing can be made by disintegrating, the country cannot benefit by making brothers fight each other.”
Describing the National Tribal Festival as a symbol of unity in diversity, Rahul Gandhi said: “Tribals have come here from different parts of the country. They will display their culture and art here, unity will be seen in diversity.”
A three-day National Tribal Dance Festival began on Friday at the Science College ground in the capital, in which tribals from 25 states will participate. Artists from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, Belarus and Maldives are also attending this festival. (IANS)