NEW DELHI: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi today pressed further with his party’s backing of the protest by some farmers against the new farm laws as “designed to destroy agriculture”. Taking aim at the centre, he said he’s “not scared of Narendra Modi or anyone”. Mr Gandhi said with the three new laws, the centre has put the entire farm sector into the hands of “three to four crony capitalists”, an allegation that the farmers have been making too.“The new farm laws are designed to destroy the agriculture sector. I support the protesting farmers 100 per cent and every single person in the country should support them as they are fighting for us,” Mr Gandhi said today at the launch of a booklet on farmers and the new laws, adding nothing short of complete withdrawal of the laws would do.
Mr Gandhi also took a swipe at BJP chief JP Nadda, who had earlier criticised him in a tweet over the Congress leader attacking the government on reports that China had built a village in Arunachal Pradesh.
“Farmers know the reality. All farmers know what Rahul Gandhi does. Nadda ji was not at Bhatta Parsaul. I have a character, I am not scared of Narendra Modi or anyone, they can’t touch me but they can shoot me. I am a patriot and will protect my country… I am more fanatic than them,” Mr Gandhi said, referring to violence and alleged rapes during land acquisition in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhatta Parsaul in May 2011.