New Delhi: On September 29, Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video conference inaugurated 6 mega projects in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange Mission.

The PM also launched the Jal Jeevan Mission logo. Addressing the inauguration, Modi said, “In the past decades, huge initiatives were taken up to clean river Ganga but those initiatives had neither public participation nor farsightedness. As a result, the water of river Ganga was never cleaned.”

He stressed that therefore, the cleanliness of the Ganga is necessary, the avidity of Ganga is necessary.

“From its origins in Uttarakhand to the Ganga Sagar in West Bengal, the mother Ganga enriches the lives of nearly half of the country's population,” said PM Modi.

“Had the old methods been adopted, the situation would have been equally bad today. We have not limited the Namami Ganga Mission to the cleanliness of Ganga, but have made it the largest and comprehensive river conservation program in the country,” he added. 

He further spoke about the four models with which river Ganga will be cleaned and conserved -- sewage treatment plants, open defecation free, clean pollution in the river.

Moving on, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the ongoing nationwide protests opposing the new Farm laws.

He lashed out at the Opposition for taking advantage of the farmers and protesting in their name.

“They (Opposition) are insulting the farmers by setting fire to the machines and equipment that is worshipped by them. For years, they said that they would implement MSP but they never did. This was done by our government as per the recommendation of the Swaminathan Commission,” said PM Modi.

He added, “Farmers can now sell their produce to anyone, anywhere. But when the Centre is giving farmers their rights, these people are opposing it. They don't want farmers to sell their produce in an open market, they want middlemen to earn profit. They're opposing the freedom of farmers.”

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“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. They are not with farmers, nor with youth nor with jawans.”  

He lamented that, “Some people are opposing farm reform bills as yet another source of earning black money has been closed for them. Those opposing farm bills are against farmers, they want middlemen to flourish.”

Surgical strike:

“Four years ago, around this time the country's bravehearts carried out surgical strike and destroyed bases of terror. But these people (opposition) were demanding evidence of surgical strike. By opposing surgical strike, they've cleared their intention before the country,” the PM said.

“When world was celebrating International Yoga Day, under India's initiative, they were opposing Yoga in India. When the Statue of Unity -made after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was being unveiled, they were opposing it. None of their tall leaders have visited the Statue of Unity so far.”

The BJP accused the Congress of trying to "mislead" the farmers and said the Opposition party has "shamed" the country with the "drama" aimed at "gaining publicity".