'If not resolved, farmers' agitation will spread'

If not resolved, farmers agitation will spread

New Delhi: Hitting out at the government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday warned that if farmers' agitation is not resolved, it will spread from villages to urban cities of the country.

In a no-holds-barred attack at the Centre, Gandhi accused the government of trying to intimidate and discredit the farmers, using the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

"It is very obvious that the farmers are very agitated because the government is destroying their livelihood. It is destroying the livelihood of our labourers and it is going to give the middle class a shock in the coming times because the prices of food are going to skyrocket," the former Congress chief said at a press conference.

"What is being done to the farmers is absolutely criminal. You (government) are beating them, you are threatening them, you are bullying them, you are trying to discredit them," he said, adding that the government needs to talk to the farmers and provide a solution to them.

Gandhi asserted that the only solution is repealing these laws and "putting the laws into the waste paper basket".

"The government must not think that the farmers are going back home. They are not going home and my concern is that this situation is going to spread. We do not need this situation to spread, we need a conversation with farmers and we need a solution," Gandhi asserted.

Explaining about the impact of three farm laws on farmers, he said, "The first law destroys the mandi system and agricultural markets of this country, while the second law allows unlimited storage of grain and other materials and will make it practically impossible for our farmers to negotiate their prices and the third law basically says that if the farmers have a grievance, they cannot go to court."

Responding to a question, he said, "The farmers' movement is going to spread to other states and cannot be suppressed. The whole issue is not just about farmers and this will go from farmers to workers to urban areas and slums."

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