The opposition is spreading myths and lies’ on the new farm laws, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while interacting with farmers of six states on Friday. Modi targeted the Opposition for “pushing a political agenda” by “spreading myths and lies” over the new farm laws.
“Some opposition parties are pushing a political agenda by opposing the new farm laws. And some spreading myths and lies that land will be taken away, when farmers enter into contract farming,” Modi said.
The interaction was a part of the government’s planned massive outreach programme, at a time, when talks between farmer unions and the Centre have hit a road-block impasse, over the farm legislations. It has drawn lakhs of farmers from neighbouring states to protest at Delhi’s borders for close to a month now.
PM transfers Rs 18,000 crore
At the virtual event, which marks the birth anniversary of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, PM Modi transferred over Rs 18,000 crore to more than nine crore farmers, the latest tranche of funds under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme.
Other senior leaders, including Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, also took part in the BJP’s event.
Addressing farmers in Kishangarh village in Delhi, Shah said the Minimum Support Price for farmers would continue. The mandis would not be closed; and the corporates would not snatch the farmers’ land. Shah too accused the Opposition of “spreading brazen lies”.
Singh said the government had a lot of respect for the farmers protesting. And it would not do anything which wasn’t in their interest. “Let the farm laws be implemented for a year or so. If they are not beneficial for farmers, we will make necessary amendments,” he said.
Both Shah and Singh called for farmers to reopen the dialogue with the government.
However, the government has maintained that the new laws give farmers better opportunities and usher in new technologies in agriculture. There have been multiple rounds of talks between representatives of the protestors and the Indian government but the logjam continues.