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“Making Farmers Shed Tears Of Blood”: Rahul Gandhi On Farm Bills Row

The Narendra Modi government is “making farmers shed tears of blood”, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi tweeted Sunday after two of three controversial bills related to the agriculture sector – which have sparked furious protests from farmers – were cleared by the Rajya Sabha amid unprecedented chaos and uproar.

In a tweet as dramatic as events in the Upper House today, Mr Gandhi also said the government had issued “death warrants” against farmers by passing these bills.

“The farmers grow gold from the land, but the arrogance of the Modi government is making them shed tears of blood,” Rahul Gandhi, who has accompanied his mother – party chief Sonia Gandhi – abroad while she undergoes routine medical tests, said.

“Democracy has been shamed by the manner in which the government passed death warrants against farmers in the form of two farm bills in Rajya Sabha,” he added.

Earlier today, in a tweet posted before the ruckus in the Rajya Sabha, Mr Gandhi called the bills “anti-agriculture black laws” and questioned the government over its claims of continuing with a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for farmers’ produce.

“Why was MSP not guaranteed?” Mr Gandhi asked, repeating a question raised yesterday by party colleague P Chidambaram, who said there was no clause linking MSP to the lowest price.

Chaos and confrontation marked the passage of the bills through the Rajya Sabha today, with opposition MPs rushing the Well of the House in protest.

Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien, who was seen waving a copy of the rule book in the Deputy Chairperson’s face, called it “murder of democracy“.

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