Congress party politician Rahul Gandhi led a tractor rally on Monday in Wayanad, India, to show his party's support to the continuing farmers' protests against three new agricultural laws that were passed by Parliament last September.
The city of Wayanad is also Gandhi's parliamentary constituency.
Photos and videos of the Congress politician driving a green tractor through a large crowd are going viral on Twitter. Heavy security deployment can also be seen in the pictures.
Shri @RahulGandhi participates in a farmers tractor rally from Mandad to Muttil in Wayanad, Kerala.— Congress (@INCIndia) February 22, 2021
From north to south, from east to west, the Congress party stands strong with each & every farmer across India.#RahulGandhiWithWayanad pic.twitter.com/eHEAWQY7hV
Rahul Gandhi participating in tractor rally in Wayanad!!!— Sridhar Ramaswamy శ్రీధర్ రామస్వామి ✋ (@sridhar1085) February 22, 2021
He has consistently been standing with farmers across the country!!!
Only Congress cares for farmers!!!#RahulGandhiWithWayanad pic.twitter.com/2i9KuwmOki
Congress, which is the main opposition party in India, has shown continued support for the farmers during the protests on the borders of Delhi. Gandhi has been organising tractor rallies in different Indian cities.
Although Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has called the new farm laws "progressive", the farmers fear that these laws will dilute the minimum support price (MSP) system. Their concerns are based on the new provisions such as requiring farmers to enter into supply contracts with any procurer across the country.