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‘Deeply sad that 733 farmers were martyred’: Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to farmers’ protest amid Bharat Jodo Yatra in Maharashtra

The Bharat Jodo Yatra, led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, resumed on Sunday in Buldhana district, the final day of its Maharashtra leg, from which it will cross into Madhya Pradesh at night. On Sunday, the Congress’s foot march, a mass contact initiative, entered its 74th day.

After a night halt at Sairam Agro Centre, Bhendval, Tel. Jalgaon Jamod, District Buldhana, where Rahul Gandhi addressed a public gathering, the yatra began at 6 am.

Addressing the public meeting, Gandhi said, “It has been a year, when the government had to repeal the 3 black laws made by it. The Prime Minister did not want to repeal these laws. The Prime Minister wanted these three laws to benefit the 2-3 biggest industrialists of India and tried to snatch away what belongs to the farmers, the money of their blood, sweat and hard work.”

“On one hand, the government of India, the police, the bureaucracy of the country; On the other hand the poor farmers of India. The farmers did not have weapons, the police, the government had weapons. The farmers had only their voice. It is not the voice of the farmers, because when the farmer speaks something, it is the voice of the country, not just the voice of the farmer, and when the voice of the country made up its mind, the Prime Minister had to withdraw the law,” he continued.

The Congress leader added, “It is sad that 733 farmers were martyred. 733 families lost their father, their brother, their mother, their son, there was no need for this. If the Prime Minister had listened to the voice of the farmers, not even a single farmer would have become a martyr. Today we stand in sorrow. Standing in his remembrance. But we are also happy because it is the voice of the farmers, fought for justice and won.”

Rahul Gandhi, along with the leaders present on the stage and the public present in the meeting, paid tribute to the farmers who were martyred in the farmer’s movement by keeping silence for some time.

He said, “I would like that we keep silence for two minutes in the memory of those farmers.”

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