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Farmers’ protests | You are up against people who are expert at dividing you, says Jayant Chaudhary

RLD vice president Jayant Chaudhary addresses a kisan panchayat in Baghpat on March 7, 2021.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Continuing with his attack on the BJP government, Rashtriya Lok Dal vice president Jayant Chaudhary said on Sunday the government was laying carpet for Ambani and Adani while inserting nails in the path of farmers. Quoting figures, he wondered how the rich became richer during the lockdown.

Invoking the poetry of Sahir Ludhianvi, he once again urged farmers to damage the political prospects of the ruling party in all the upcoming elections. He reminded them, “you are up against people who are expert at dividing you.”

Mr Chaudhary was addressing a Kisan Panchayat organised by RLD in Dhikoli village of Baghpat. Taking the name of a local farmer who allegedly ended his life because of bank loan and hike in electricity charges, Mr Chaudhary charged, on one hand farmers of Baghpat owe ₹1,342 crores to government banks but on the other at least their ₹900 crore of payment is pending with sugar mills. “The three farm laws will act as the last nail in the coffin of farmers,” he remarked.

Taking on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr Chaudhary said “the PM could sell comb to a bald person. “He has time to hold rallies in Bengal, but he could visit farmers protesting at Delhi borders.”

When you are in politics, he said, one should be keen to listen to his critics. “But here a cult is being created around the PM that whoever criticises him is called anti-national. Has the PM become bigger than the country,” he asked.

He urged the youth to put the symbols of farmers in social media. “Dhoti-kurta clad farmers are with us. Now we have to win over the ones who wear jeans. They are being misled in the name of Digital India.”

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