Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi who has attracted criticism and ridicule on several occasions because of his inane comments and gaffes is at it again.
During a visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad in Kerala on Monday, the Congress Member of Parliament again made a faux pas when he addressed a gathering of farmers.
Criticising the Modi government for its three farm laws, the Congress leader said: "The first law says that the biggest businesses in the country and outside can buy the farmers produce anywhere and any amount. This law will destroy the concept of mandis and farmers' markets.”
This, on the face of it, might sound too bad, except for the fact that there are no Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMC) or mandis in Kerala and the farmers of the state have already been dealing with private organisations all these years. Hence, this law is of no consequence to Kerala at all. But either willfully or out of ignorance, the Wayanad MP kept droning on about mandis during his speech in Kerala.
It is bewildering how a sitting MP from one of the constituencies of the state is not even aware about the absence of mandis — a fact which is known even to the common news consumers.
In fact, a couple of months ago Sudhanshu Trivedi, the Bharatiya Janata Party national spokesperson, had reminded Rahul about this fact. Rahul Gandhi is Wayanad MP.
"Is there APMC Act in Kerala? If not, then, why don't you stand with farmers there? How is it possible that something is good for Kerala, & not in Delhi? He must clarify where and with what intention he is supporting farmers," he had asked Rahul.
If Rahul Gandhi was aware of this fact and yet chose to propagate an untruth just to slander the Modi government, then it is even more despicable. At a time when India needs a strong and credible opposition, it is distressing to see Congress leaders uttering falsehoods and eroding whatever credibility they are left with.