Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee protests against farm laws, stages rally

The protesters held different placards that read, ‘no food without farmers’, 'save farmers, save democracy’, 'farmers are the backbone of our nation’, ‘Modi rules black days for farmers’, ‘repeal anti farmer farm laws’.


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The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) and its constituent committees staged a protest rally and marched towards the governor’s bungalow on Friday in connection with countrywide observance of Kisan Adhikar Divas against the farm laws.

The protesters held different placards that read, ‘no food without farmers’, 'save farmers, save democracy’, 'farmers are the backbone of our nation’, ‘Modi rules black days for farmers’, ‘repeal anti farmer farm laws’. The protesters also chanted slogans, denouncing the Modi government. 

The police intervened and stopped the protesters in front of the Congress Bhavan. However, volunteers of the youth congress managed to march towards the governor’s entrance. Representatives of MPCC, Youth Congress and Mahila Congress were allowed to enter the governor’s bungalow but they returned without meeting the governor.

Briefing the media at Congress Bhavan after the protest, CLP leader O Ibobi said that more than 70 per cent of the country’s population are farmers and around 70 per cent GDP of the country is generated by the farmers. He said that developing the economy of the farmers would be beneficial for the country as a whole.

Ibobi said that the farmers have been demanding the Centre to repeal the farm laws, to pass the Minimum Support Price (MSP) assured by the Centre as an act in Parliament like National Food Security Act and to provide more subsidised rate of electricity bill for the farmers.

MPCC president Govindas Konthoujam said many farmers have lost their lives while protesting against the farm laws but the Prime Minister of the country has not given any comments or message to the farmers till date. 

Govindas said that the rally has been organised to show solidarity to the farmers and that the Congress party will continue to stand with the farmers.

First Published:Jan. 15, 2021, 11:29 p.m.

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