With an eye fixed on optics, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Saturday draped a red-and-green pagri (turban) round his head and drove a tractor – with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Rajasthan Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasara sitting on both aspect – as he addressed farmers in Ajmer district.
“Sabse bada enterprise krishi ka enterprise hain… 40 lakh crore ka enterprise hai aur 40 per cent inhabitants ispe nirbhat hai (The largest enterprise in India is agriculture… it’s a Rs 40 lakh crore enterprise and 40 per cent of the inhabitants is determined by this enterprise),” Mr Gandhi started.
“Modiji chahte hai ye doh mitron ke hawale ho (Modiji needs to give up this to his two mates),” he stated, referring to criticism of the centre’s agriculture legal guidelines – that it’s going to profit a couple of giant company corporations on the expense of lakhs of small and marginal farmers.
The rally was the second part of his outreach to Rajasthan farmers protesting the centre’s new agriculture legal guidelines; on Friday Mr Gandhi was in Hanumangarh and Ganganagar, the place he stated Prime Minister Narendra Modi “would not stand before China but threatens farmers“.
The venues for right now’s rallies – Kishangarh and Roopangarh – had been chosen for various causes, together with their central location, which permits farmers from neighbouring districts to converge and, probably, permitting the political ripples of the rally to be felt throughout the state.
Giving the farmers’ protest a political color additionally fits the Congress in Rajasthan at this second.
Final week former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, whose failed try at a breakaway left the Congress’ authorities within the state on the point of collapse, stepped into the farmers’ motion.
Now, with Mr Gandhi within the state, a photo-op to underline unity within the state unit – by which rival camps stay in tense situation – was too good to overlook.
With Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot on present on one platform, the Congress in Rajasthan would not wish to be seen as pulling in several instructions.