Congress fighting against govt to restore rights of the farmers: Bhakta Charan Das
Imphal: Stating that India is a country of farmers, former Union Minister and AICC in charge Manipur Bhakta Charan Das on Saturday said that the Congress government is fighting against the BJP government for the rights of the farmers.
He was addressing the observance of the Kisan Adhikar Diwas on the occasion of the 145th Anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel and 36th Death Anniversary of Indira Gandhi on Saturday at Congress Bhavan, B.T. Park organized by Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC).
Besides Bhakta Charan Das, former Chief Minister and Congress Legislative Party leader Okram Ibobi Singh, President of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee M. Okendra, Chief Whip of CLP Govindas Konthoujam, Vice-President of MPCC T. Mangibabu, MLAs, Ex-MLAs, General Secretaries (Org./Media/Social Media), MPCC Office Bearers, Chiefs of Frontals, Departments and Cells of MPCC with their officer bearers attended the function.
The function started at 9:00 AM with the gathering of Congress Leaders and workers. Former Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh led the floral tribute to the portraits of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel and Indira Gandhi. A pledge was taken by all the Congress leaders and workers.
The function was followed by the Satyagraha of the Congress workers against the Anti-Farmer and Anti-Labourer Laws.
On the occasion, former Union Minister Bhakta Charan Das said, “Our country is a country of farmers. We all are here to observe the sacrifices made by Indira Gandhi. She brought Green Revolution to our country and it increased the productivity. She provided banking facilities to each and every farmer by opening banks in rural areas. She initiated major and medium irrigation projects which resulted in high productivity in agriculture sector. Without agriculture, we are nothing. Agriculture contributes a huge percentage of GDP”.
He stated, “It is very unfortunate that the hopes of the farmers ‘where they thought they would sell their products, from whom they would get their incentives, whom they thought their necessary responsibilities would be taken care of by the government’ are being crushed by the present BJP government”.
He stated that the present government had seized the rights of the farmers. All small scale industries, small businesses disappeared due to lack of attention of the government as well as the entry of the giant industries like Ambanis and Adanis. The Congress Party was fighting against the present government to restore the rights of the farmers.
He also observed, “I have seen in Manipur the prices of the vegetables and other essential items are rapidly increasing. The condition of the farmer and the sellers are getting worse.”
“Our Congress Party has been fighting to fulfill what Mahatma Gandhi, Vallabh Bhai Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru had dream for the betterment of this country”.
Speaking in the function, former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said, “We take the opportunity today to show how strongly the Congress Party opposes the Farmers’ Bill that was passed by the Central Government. Protests will be observed across India, mainly in Congress ruled states to withdraw the bill as soon as possible as the Congress party is of the opinion that it is against the poor farmers of the country.”