Defending the government over farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the farmers that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) mechanism for crops would continue while inviting the union leaders for a fresh round of talks to resolve the impasse over the farm laws.

Replying to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address in Rajya Sabha, PM Modi said, “MSP was there. MSP is there. MSP will remain in the future. Affordable ration for the poor will continue. Mandis will be modernised.”

 

“Our Agriculture Minister is talking to the union leaders. There is no tension and through this House, I am inviting them again but one would have to take a step forward to resolve the issue,” the PM said.

Questioning Opposition parties for their “U-turn” on the agriculture reforms, PM Modi read out a quote by former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

“There are other rigidities because of marketing regime set up in 1930s which prevent our farmers from selling their produce where they get highest rate of return…It is our intention to remove all those handicaps which come in the way of India realising its vast potential at one large common market,” Modi said.

 

“A new entity has come up in the country- ‘Andolan Jivi’. They can be spotted wherever there is a protest, be it agitation by lawyers, students, or labourers, explicitly or implicitly. They cannot live without ‘andolan’, we have to identify them & protect nation from them.” said PM Modi.

He further said, “This country is proud of every Sikh. What have they not done for this country? Whatever respect we give them will always be less. I’ve been fortunate to spend crucial years of my life in Punjab. Language used by some for them & attempt to mislead them will never benefit nation.”

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday assured that the minimum support price based agricultural procurement will continue as he urged the farmers to end their protest against the three contentious farm laws.

The prime minister also hit out at those behind the protests, saying a new “breed” of agitators has emerged in the country who cannot live without agitation and the country should be beware of them.

 

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