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Annadatas demand their rights, govt. commits atrocities: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

As the farmers’ agitation over the new farm laws completed 100 days on Saturday, the Congress called it a “black chapter” in democracy and urged citizens to support the farmers’ cause.

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Targeting the Centre, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, in a tweet, said, “Whose sons risk their lives on the borders, for them nails have been laid at the borders of Delhi. Annadatas demand their rights, government commits atrocities.”

Party general secretary Priyanka Vadra said the protests also marked 100 days of the BJP’s arrogance.

“100 days of farmers’ struggle, a fight for their rights and respect. On the path shown by Gandhiji, Sardar Patel, Nehruji, Shastriji and Shaheed Bhagat Singh. 100 days of BJP’s arrogance, assault, lies and disrespecting our farmers,” she said in a tweet in Hindi.

At the official briefing, spokesperson Pawan Khera said the farmers’ movement is symbolic of the everyday struggles of the common citizens, be it price rise, unemployment or providing security to women and children.

“Let’s support them even if we do so silently. Whatever little we can do, let’s do that....We think this is a black chapter in our democracy where peaceful protest, everything was done to disrupt these peaceful protests; they were demonised,” Mr. Khera said.

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He reiterated the party’s demand to repeal the farm laws and have a dialogue with the farmers if it wants to bring new agricultural laws.

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