In a veiled attack on foreign governments and international celebrities lending their support to the ongoing farmers’ protest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the country needs to exercise caution from foreign influences. PM Modi termed the same as “foreign destructive ideology”—a spin on the term foreign direct investment.
PM Modi also hit out at those behind the protests, saying a new “breed” of agitators called “andolanjeevi” has emerged in the country who cannot live without agitation and the nation should guard against them. He said this during his speech in the Rajya Sabha.
Notably, the ongoing farmers’ protest has received support from international celebrities such as Rihanna, Greta Thunberg and adult star Mia Khalifa. The tweets made by these celebrities in support of the farmer agitation have gone viral on social media drawing criticism for the Indian government on the international platform.
The tweets have also forced the government to come up with a stinging attack on foreign interferences on India’s internal matters.
MSP will stay, says PM Modi
The prime minister also assured the protesting farmers from the floor of the House that the minimum support price (MSP) will continue in the future.
“End your protests and we will all sit together and talk. We are ready for talks and I am inviting you again for dialogue from this House,” PM Modi said in the Rajya Sabha, in his reply to a debate on the President’s Budget session speech.
“MSP tha, MSP hai aur MSP rahega (MSP will remain). No one should spread misinformation,” he asserted. Notably, the agitating farmers have apprehensions that the government will end the MSP system going forward which will result in a financial loss of the farmers.
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha. https://t.co/lepprXZ8Ak
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 8, 2021
The prime minister’s address has failed to pacify the protesting farmers. Moments after the PM’s address Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said business over hunger will not be allowed in the country. Tikaot also reiterated his demand for a law on minimum support price (MSP) for crops along with the repeal of new contentious agriculture legislations.
“There will not be business over hunger in the country. If hunger goes up, the price of crops will be decided accordingly. Those wanting business over hunger will be driven out of the country,” Tikait said.
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