Criticising the Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that those opposing farm laws are insulting farmers. PM Modi’s criticism comes amid the intensifying agitation against the legislations by farmers across the country.
PM Modi, while virtually inaugurating development projects in Uttarakhand, said: “Several reforms, related to farmers, labourers and health, were brought during the recently concluded Parliament session. These reforms will strengthen labourers, youth, women, farmers of the nation. But the nation can see how some people are opposing it just for the sake of it.”
PM Modi blames Opposition for misleading farmers
The prime minister said they (Opposition) are insulting farmers by setting machines and equipment worshipped by them on fire.
Notably, on Monday, Punjab Youth Congress members set a tractor on fire near India Gate in New Delhi in a protest against the farm legislations. Five people, all from Punjab, were arrested after the incident and the car they were travelling in has been also seized by Delhi Police.
PM Modi again alleged that the Opposition is misleading the farmers over the minimum support price (MSP) for agricultural produce and government procurement.
“There will not only be MSP in the country but also the freedom for farmers to sell their produce anywhere. But some people are unable to tolerate this freedom. Their one more medium to earn black income is finished,” he said.
Frustrated Congress opposing farm laws
Without naming the Congress, PM Modi said the frustration of a party, which ruled for four generations, was at the root of this politics of opposition for opposition’s sake. “Frustration of a party which has ended up riding the shoulders of others despite wielding power for four generations is behind this politics of opposition,” he said.
Interestingly, PM Modi and the BJP have hailed the new bills as “historic” that will help in doubling the income of farmers. On the contrary, the Opposition as well as the farming community is casting aspersions on the legislations. They are of the view that it is a step towards ending the system of MSP and government procurement that will severely impact the small and marginal farmers.
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