The Prime Minister said talk about MSP or Minimum Support Prices ending with the new central laws "is the biggest lie ever".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, strongly defending laws that have triggered massive farmer protests near Delhi, said he was ready "with folded hands" to discuss every issue and assuage concerns.
In an hour-long address to the farmers of Madhya Pradesh, Prime Minister on Friday reiterated his government’s commitment to the welfare of farmers and explained how the three farm laws against which several thousands farmers are protesting for the last three weeks are a step towards making farmers’ lives better. The laws in question have not been passed in Parliament in hurry; there have been decades of discussions, PM Modi said beginning his speech.
"If anyone has any concerns, then with our heads bowed, our hands folded, with humility, we are willing to allay their fears," PM Modi said, addressing farmers in Madhya Pradesh via video. He also said talk about MSP or Minimum Support Prices ending with the new laws "is the biggest lie ever".
Political parties should stop misguiding farmers. It's been 6-7 months since farm laws were implemented. But now suddenly, games are being played to plough one's own political land through a web of lies.
"These parties are pained today. They are asking themselves, what we couldn't do, how could Modi do? Why should he get credit? My reply to them is - you keep the credit. Even I will give credit to your own manifestos. I don't want credit. I want farmers' lives to improve. Stop misleading farmers."
The old manifestos of all the political parties of the country are seen today, the letters of those who were earlier handling the country's agricultural system are read today, you will find out that the agricultural reforms that are being brought today are not much different.
The report came, but these people kept sitting on the recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee for eight years.
I say with confidence that there is no reason for mistrust in the recent agricultural reforms we have done, there is no place for lies.
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Last Updated Dec 18, 2020, 4:10 PM IST