Congress' Rahul Gandhi speaking to media after meeting Prez
Congress' Rahul Gandhi speaking to media after meeting Prez

In a scathing attack on Narendra Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that whoever tries to stand up against the Prime Minister will be called a terrorist.

"PM Modi is making money for the crony capitalists. Whoever will try to stand up against him will be called terrorist - be it farmers, labourers and even Mohan Bhagwat," he said after a protest march by the party was stopped by Delhu Police.

"There is no democracy in India. It can be in your imagination, but not in reality," he added.

Earlier, the Congress party's march to the Rashtrapati Bhavan was stopped on the way as Delhi Police detained party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other senior leaders while allowing Rahul Gandhi and two others to meet with the President.

Rahul and Priyanka, joined by several senior leaders, started the march from the party headquarters. Soon when they started their march towards the Rashtrapati Bhawan, they were detained by the Delhi Police for violating section 144.

Delhi Police took Priyanka Gandhi and other party leaders to Mandir Marg Police Station.

Farmers protest

Enacted in September, the three farm laws have been projected by the central government as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country.

However, the protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of Minimum Support Price and do away with the mandi system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.

The government has repeatedly asserted that the MSP and Mandi systems will stay and has accused the opposition of misleading the farmers.

Rahul, Azad, Chowdhury allowed to meet Prez

The Delhi Police allowed former party chief Rahul Gandhi, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Ghulam Nabi Azad to meet the President Ram Nath Kovind, who had the appointment.

Speaking to media after the meeting, Rahul said he told the President that these farm laws are anti-farmer. "The country has seen that farmers have stood up against these laws," he said.

"I want to tell the Prime Minister that these farmers are not going to go back home until these farm laws are repealed. Government should convene a joint session of Parliament and take back these laws. Opposition parties stand with farmers and labourers," he said.

In a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul said whoever tries to stand against him will be called terrorist

"PM Modi is making money for the crony capitalists. Whoever will try to stand against him will be called terrorist - be it farmers, labourers and even Mohan Bhagwat," he said.

"There is no democracy in India. It can be in your imagination, but not in reality," he added.

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