Congress leader and MP Rahul Gandhi, the man known as Pappu among the BJP and its followers, hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for calling farm bill protestors ‘Andolanjeevi’, or someone who is a professional activist, saying at least the protestors were not ‘cronyjeevi’, or professional cronies, as the entire BJP has turned out to be.

"Crony-jeevi is someone who is selling the country," Gandhi, who is a supporter of the farmers’ agitation, said in a tweet.

The Congress MP has slammed the BJP government at the Center in the past for abandoning the poor and middle class while surrendering to the whims and demands of capitalists like the Adanis and the Ambanis.

Farmers in Punjab have been agitating for the past couple of months in protest against the three farm bills tabled by the Modi government saying if allowed to pass, the big companies will be able to control the farm market leaving the poor farmers in even worse shape than before.

As reported, the PM, in a speech in the Rajya Sabha, slammed the agitating farmers calling them agents of Pakistan and Khalistan while coining a new term for them ‘andolanjeevi’.

"There is a new crop of andolanjeevi. They live for protests. They look for ways to start a new movement. The country needs to be aware of these andolanjeevis," he said.

Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram also took exception to Modi’s ‘andolanjeevi’ barb saying the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi was also an ‘andolanjeevi’ who got us freedom from the British.

Though the government has offered to hold talks with the farmers and has even agreed to delay the new farm laws for a year and half, farmers have refused to call off their stir unless the law was repealed in its totality.