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Highlights:

  • Congress Party will hold a victory rally to celebrate the withdrawal of three farm laws
  • Congress party claimed that the decision has been taken not for the welfare of the government
  • Congress leaders will meet the families of more than 700 farmers who died during the protest

On Saturday, the Congress Party will hold a victory rally to celebrate the withdrawal of three farm laws. Prime Minister Narendra Modi disclosed about repealing the farm laws on Friday in a televised address to the nation. He further apologized to the protesting farmers and expressed that the government failed to convince them about the advantage of the Agri laws.

Taking a dig at the ruling government, the Congress party claimed that the decision has been taken not for the welfare of the government but on the grounds of the upcoming elections. The party had declared that it will celebrate “Kisan Vijay Diwas” on Saturday and will conduct victory rallies.

As a part of the programme, Congress leaders will meet the families of more than 700 farmers who died during the protest and will organise candle marches and rallies to pray for them. All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal has urged all state units to conduct such rallies and candle marches at state, district and block levels.

KC Venugopal wrote a letter to the party’s unit chiefs that read, “Let us extensively organise programmes to join the nation in observing this as a historic victory of the farmers. Mark the victory of farmers. Mark the victory of the farmers’ struggle by visiting families of shaheed farmers in our areas.”

The three contentious farm laws were passed by the Parliament in September past year. Although the Centre asserted that they are beneficial for the farmers, it immediately stirred protest by the cultivators who voiced that the laws will only benefit big corporate houses. The protest initially spanned across Punjab and Haryana and later followed to the other parts of the country.

In November 2020, farmers called for ‘Chalo Delhi’ and assembled at the borders of Delhi. Since then, they have been protesting there as several rounds of talks failed to find any solution to the impasse. Though the farmers welcomed the announcement, they claimed that they will leave the protest venues only after the farm laws are actually repealed by the Parliament.

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