Addressing farmers at Bawana village in Delhi to protest against the "illegal" arrest of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said on Friday that the MP police used bullets to silence farmers, and when Rahul Gandhi went to meet the family members of the dead farmers to express his condolences, he was illegally arrested, which was akin to the "murder of democracy".
Maken said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was working only for the benefit of the rich while Rahul was waging a battle for farmers, labourers, Adivasis and the weaker sections of society.
"The BJP-ruled Central Government had promised to write off the debts of the farmers, and increase the prices of farm products, but nothing has been done in the last three years. BJP Government at the Centre was unmoved by the protests of farmers from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka sitting on dharna at Jantar Mantar under the nose of PM," Maken said.
He said the Modi Government has written off huge debts to the tune of Rs 1.54 lakh crore of their "rich friends". "AAP government in Delhi and the BJP-ruled Central government are now trying to implement the Land Pooling Policy in Delhi though the truth is that it was the UPA Government which brought the Land Pooling Policy in Delhi, but the AAP and BJP governments delayed implementing it," said Maken.
"The country is now witnessing such a vitiated atmosphere that atrocities on farmers, Dalits and minorities have become common," he added.