Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Friday indirectly slammed the BJP over the attack on the international celebrities who tweeted in support of the protesting farmers. Chowdhury said no questions were asked when some 'nationalists' pleaded in America "Abki baar, Trump ki sarkar," or when India protested during the 'Black Lives Matter' movement against the brutality on George Floyd.
In a series of tweets, Chowdhury said: "Some of our nationalists pleaded in America that "Aab ki bar, Trump ki sarkar", what did it mean? When we protested in chorus against the brutality on #GeorgeFloyd, nobody has questioned!!! (sic)"
He further asked why we were getting so rattled by international celebrities tweeting in support of our farmers.
"...when @rihanna and @GretaThunberg sought to express #Solidarity with the #Farmers of our country why are we getting so much rattled? (sic)"
"We are living in a global village. Why should we be afraid of any criticism whatsoever, just have an introspection. You have all been grown up by the food produced by our #foodgivers. Better you should have expressed solidarity with those #IndianFarmers also (sic)," he added.
International pop star Rihanna, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, and others had recently extended their support to the farmers protesting on the borders of India's national capital against the three farm laws introduced by the Centre last year, asking why people were not talking about it.
In a counter of sorts, the MEA had then issued a statement on Wednesday, saying that the laws had been passed after a full debate and discussion.
"The Parliament of India, after a full debate and discussion, passed reformist legislation relating to the agricultural sector. These reforms give expanded market access and provided greater flexibility to farmers. They also pave the way for economically and ecologically sustainable farming," the MEA had said.
(With inputs from agencies)