Why can't Narendra Modi invite farmers for tea like he hosted Obama in 2015, asks Asaduddin Owaisi

Addressing a rally in Gujarat's Bharuch, the AIMIM chief said Modi should be 'large-hearted' and agree to repeal the contentious laws as per the farmers' demand

Press Trust of India February 07, 2021 19:16:56 IST
Why can't Narendra Modi invite farmers for tea like he hosted Obama in 2015, asks Asaduddin Owaisi

File image of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. PTI

Bharuch: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to invite protesting farmers to his residence like he had hosted then US president Barack Obama, and repeal the new farm laws.

Addressing a rally for upcoming polls to local bodies in Gujarat, the Hyderabad MP also said that the prime minister should be "large-hearted" and "understand pains" of the farmers, who have been protesting at borders of Delhi over the last two months demanding the repeal of the agri legislations.

Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen is contesting maiden elections in Gujarat — in Ahmedabad and Bharuch — in alliance with the Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP).

"The way the farmers are being treated is not right. It is wrong. The Prime Minister should invite the farmers to his residence like he had offered tea to (then US President) Barack Obama with his own hand (in 2015), which is fine as he was our guest. We expect the PM to invite the farmers, offer them tea and biscuits and tell them the (agri marketing) laws are being repealed, and that they should be happy," Owaisi
said.

Owaisi said the PM should understand the plight of agriculturists who feed the country, if he claims to have risen from poverty.

"When a poor person weeps out of helplessness, then nature tells us to help the poor, but those who have no sympathy for the poor, they remain unaffected by tears of the poor. We are with farmers, they are our 'annadatas', they work hard to get us food," he said.

Taking a dig, Owaisi said the massive protest by farmers has "disturbed Modi's sleep".

"They came out in thousands, shouted slogans, and took out a tractor rally in Delhi (on 26 January). The BJP, with 300 MPs, is worried about how to tackle farmers," he said.

With BTP leader Chhotu Vasava by his side, Owaisi made a strong pitch for the unity among tribals, Muslims, Dalits and OBCs in Gujarat.

Updated Date:

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro at ₹499 for the first year. Use code PRO499. Limited period offer. *T&C apply

also read

Gujarat Municipal Election 2021: Over 43,000 cops deployed for 21 Feb civic polls; 1.5 lakh people detained
India

Gujarat Municipal Election 2021: Over 43,000 cops deployed for 21 Feb civic polls; 1.5 lakh people detained

Counting of votes for the civic polls in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar will take place on 23 February

Gujarat local body election 2021 Updates: 53.65% voter turnout in municipal, 58.93% in district and 59.01% in taluka panchayat polls
Politics

Gujarat local body election 2021 Updates: 53.65% voter turnout in municipal, 58.93% in district and 59.01% in taluka panchayat polls

Gujarat local body election 2021 LIVE updates: The counting of votes will be held on 2 March, the State Election Commission has said

Gujarat local body election: 57.3% turnout as polling passes off peacefully; vote counting on 2 March
Politics

Gujarat local body election: 57.3% turnout as polling passes off peacefully; vote counting on 2 March

As per the State Election Commission (SEC), there are a total of 8,474 seats across 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats in the state, out of which candidates on 237 seats have remained unopposed.