Predictably this statement received scathing criticism from opposition party politicians. Jyotiraditya Scindia, MP from Rajasthan who accompanied Rahul Gandhi to Punjab yesterday, said such statements are so reprehensible that even criticizing them is giving them too much importance. By no stretch of imagination can one blame Indian farmers of being cowards, let alone criminals.
“It is really sad that when they are experiencing such hardships and tragic losses this is what they get to hear. Is this the true face of BJP that we are now getting to see?” asked Scindia.
Mr Dhankar’s comment embarrasses his party, the ruling BJP, at a time it is battling criticism over a proposal to make it easier to buy farm land for infrastructure and other key projects.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who has thrown himself into a countrywide farmer outreach campaign lately, used the minister’s comments to target PM Modi and the BJP in Parliament.
“” Your Prime Minister, our Prime Minister, hum sab ka PM, is visiting India these days. He should visit Punjab and speak to farmers,” said the Congress vice president, in a dig at the prime minister’s foreign visits.
“When will he take out time to visit hinterlands of India?” asked Rahul.