Congress MP Rahul Gandhi with party leader K C Venugopal and others attends a review meeting on COVID-19, at Kalpetta in Wayanad on Tuesday. (PTI)
RAHUL Gandhi, the Congress MP from Wayanad, Kerala, on Tuesday said the Centre has a tendency to use national agencies as political weapons. Gandhi said this while interacting with the media during his first visit to his constituency after the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in March. “It’s not Farooq Abdullah alone, there are many other leaders including me, who have cases registered [against us] by these agencies. The CBI and ED are being used to pressurise and such acts will only help to destroy these agencies. These agencies are not personal institutions of the Prime Minister,” said Gandhi.
On the new three Farm Bills of the Modi regime, Gandhi said these will break the backbone of farmers. “Through these bills, it will be one or two big business houses close to PM who will benefit. This will be a devastating blow to the ordinary farmers...The Centre feels being COVID times the farmers will be silent, but it’s not going to be that way as they will come out. Food Security is structured around procurement, Minimum Support Price and mandi and these bills will take us back by 50 years,” claimed Gandhi. Criticising the commment made by Kamal Nath while campaigning for by-polls in Madhya Pradesh, in which he allegedly called Imarti Devi an ‘item’, Gandhi said he did not “appreciate” it.
“Kamal Nath ji is from my party but personally, I don’t like the type of language that he used, I don’t appreciate it, regardless of who he is. It is unfortunate,” he said. Gandhi on Tuesday stepped up his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the military stand-off with China in eastern Ladakh, telling him the nation wants to know when will the Chinese troops be “thrown out” of Indian territory. “The Prime Minister will not say one word about China,” the Wayanad MP said. On the battle against COVID-19, Gandhi said there are some shortcomings but the spirit of Kerala will overcome the odds.
“I do not wish to blame anyone on it, though I had spoken to Harsh Vardhan in February and had warned him, but he did not take it seriously. In Wayanad there are good number of weaker sections and also the tribal community. We are working out a programme for the farmers of Wayanad engaged in rice and turmeric farming where marketing of their products will be taken up... On account of COVID, farmers here are yet to get subsidy,” added Gandhi. Asked about the numerous cases that the Pinarayi Vijayan Government is facing, Gandhi said agencies like the NIA were investigating it and one must let the probe get over before arriving at any conclusions.