NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday slammed the Modi government over the farmers' protests and said this was the first instance since India's independence that the government was so "arrogant" that it failed to see the sufferings of the 'annadatas'.
She demanded that the new farm laws be withdrawn immediately and unconditionally and said a government that ignores public sentiments in a democracy can't govern for long. "Along with the people of India, I am also disturbed seeing the condition of the 'annadatas' who have been agitating for 39 days in the bitter cold and rain in support of their demands," Gandhi said.
She also blamed the Modi government's negligence for the death of more than 50 farmers. "There is still time. The Modi government should leave the arrogance of power and immediately withdraw the three black laws unconditionally. This is 'Raj Dharma' and a true tribute to the farmers who have lost their lives," she said. Gandhi added that Modi government should remember that democracy means protecting the interests of the people and the farmers-workers.
Congress functionary Rahul Gandhi compared the ongoing farmers' protests with the Champaran agitation during the British rule. "The country is going to face a Champaran-like tragedy. The British were 'company Bahadur' back then and now Modi-friends are 'company Bahadur'," he tweeted. "Every farmer-labourer of the movement is a 'satyagrahi' who will take back their rights," Rahul further said.