Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed his displeasure on the central government over the recently amended farm laws, and said these are a blatant attack on the soul of every farmer and that such legislations weaken the country's foundation.
"These three laws are an attack on the soul of every farmer of this country, they are an attack on their sweat and blood - And farmers and labourers of this country understand this," Gandhi said. Further, referring to his ‘tractor rallies" against the laws during his latest visit to Punjab and Haryana, he said, "I came to Punjab and Haryana a few days ago and every farmer and labourer know that these three laws are an attack on them." He said he was happy that the Punjab government has decided to convene a special session of the Assembly on these laws on October 19 where MLAs will "decide about these farm laws". Hitting out at the BJP-led central government over the farm laws, Rahul Gandhi said, "If we weaken country's foundation, India will be weakened."
Rahul Gandhi was delivering a virtual address at the launch of the second phase of ''Smart Village Campaign'' in Punjab. Rs 2,663 crore has been allotted to execute about 50,000 different development works under the campaign. In this virtual launch, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and some of his cabinet colleagues, among others were present. The three farm bills passed were namely, the Farmer's Produce Trade & Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020.