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Rahul rides tractor to Parliament protesting farm laws, threatens to intensify stir

New Delhi, July 26: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday rode a tractor to Parliament to register his protest against the contentious farm laws, drawing flak from ruling BJP which blamed him of exploiting the issue for political gains.

Rahul took on the wheels accompanied by several Congress MPs, threatening in a Tweet to overwhelm the Parliament building with tractors if farmers are forced to sale their land.

I have brought farmers’ message to Parliament. They (Government) are suppressing voices of farmers and not letting a discussion take place in Parliament. They’ll have to repeal these black laws. The entire country knows these laws favour 2-3 big businessmen,” Rahul told ANI.

“As per government, farmers are very happy and those (protesting farmers) sitting outside are terrorists. But in reality, farmers’ rights are being snatched away,” he added.

Rahul’s tractor protest followed a ‘kisan sansad’ at Jantar Mantar over the weekend, a form of protest by the farmers against the three laws enacted last year. Hundreds of them have been squatting on the Delhi outskirts demanding repeal of the three laws, maintaining that the legislations undermine the right of the farmers and are intended to end MSP and leave them at the mercy of the private players.

“Rahul Gandhi is playing politics. Farmers are being used as a political tool. The centre has said if there are issues with the laws it is ready to rework them. They are ready for talks,” BJP MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said the government is ready to talk to the farmers ‘point-wise’ if they express their issues.