Describing the Centre's decision to repeal three contentious farm laws as a "victory against injustice", Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, the "annadatas" (food providers) of the country have made "arrogance bow its head down" through "satyagraha",
His remarks came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an address to the nation on Friday morning, announced the government's decision to repeal the three farm laws, which were at the centre of protests by farmers for the last one year. In a tweet, Rahul Gandhi called the repealing of Farm Laws, "a victory for those who could not return home.Defeat is only theirs, who could not save the lives of 'annadaatas'...," the former Congress chief tweeted with the hashtag "FarmLawsRepealed" and shared images of farmers struggling during the protests against the three laws.
Several Congress leaders highlighted that Gandhi had, in a tweet on October 29, said only barricades were removed from the protest sites of the farmers and the three contentious laws will also be done away with soon.They also shared his earlier comments in which he had said, "Mark my words, the government will be forced to take back the farm laws."
Many farmers were encamped at Delhi's borders since November 2020 with a demand that the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 be rolled back and a new law enacted to guarantee the minimum support price (MSP) on crops.
The Centre, which held several rounds of talks with the protesting farmers, had maintained that the laws were pro-farmer, while the protesters claimed that they would be left at the mercy of corporations because of the legislations.
With PTI Inputs