Oppn misleading farmers, spreading fake news on MSP: PM Modi

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the farm bills passed by Lok Sabha are “historic” and hit out at the opposition parties for “misguiding” the farmers. His remarks comes a day after BJP ally Shiromani Akali Dal pulled its minister out of the Union Cabinet in protest against the legislations.
“Farmers have been given new independence in agriculture. They’ll now have more optionsand opportunities to sell their produce. I congratulate them on passage of these bills. It was necessary to bring these to protect them from middlemen. These are farmers’ shields,” the Prime Minister said while addressing a rally in Bihar.
Taking on the opposition for opposing the farm reforms, PM Modi said those who remained in power for decades are desperately trying to mislead farmers and lying to them on the agriculture bills.
The Prime Minister asserted that the legislations will end the role of the middlemen and the new laws will work as protective cover (Raksha kavach) for the farmers.
He asserted that MSP will be given to the farmers the way it was being given in the past.
“Opposition parties are spreading fake news that MSP will be withdrawn. I assure the farmers that the MSP will continue in future the way it is happening today. The government will continue to purchase their produces,” Modi said.
Two farm Bills – one on Agri market reforms and the other on contract farming provisions – were passed Thursday while the one on amending Essential Commodities Act was passed on Tuesday.
Political parties and farm organisations such as the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) and the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), an umbrella body of several other organisations, have been protesting against the bills which they believe are designed to help big corporate houses at the cost of farmers, other groups such as Maharashtra-based Shetkari Sanghatana support such reforms.
Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from the Modi government on Thursday in protest against the bill, saying that her party – SAD – stands with the farmers.

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