The resignation of Shiromani Akali Dal’s lone MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal from the union Cabinet over the new Farm Bills has triggered a series of angry outbursts from Opposition which is training guns at the Centre for overlooking ‘larger interest’ of farmers.
While farmers in Punjab have decided to stage a three day ‘Rail Roko’ from September 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured farmers that there is no reason to worry.
“Misinformation is being spread that farmers won’t get right prices. They are forgetting how aware the country’s farmers are,” PM Modi said, addressing a rally in poll-bound Bihar after dedicating a railway bridge to the country.
FarmBills are necessary to protect the farmers from the middlemen who take a major share of the farmers’ earnings.
— Prasar Bharati News Services (@PBNS_India) September 18, 2020
“Fake news is also being spread that wheat and rice etc will not be procured by government agencies from farmers. This is an absolute lie, completely wrong and an attempt to deceive farmers,” he said.
Appealing to farmers not to fall prey to misinformation, he said, “I appeal to all farmers across the country to beware about all those who are raising a false alarm about farm issues. And so I say this again – beware of all those who are trying to misguide you and instigate you. All they want to do is keep you in your misery and exploit the old system. These people, who have been in power for decades and have spoken so much about farmers and farm issues have done nothing.”
Reassuring farmers that the Centre is committed to help them “get right prices through Minimum Support Price,” PM said, “farmers are watching that some people are hating the new opportunities they are getting. Farmers are watching who are standing with middlemen”.
He dubbed government’s farm legislation “historic” meant to protect farmers. “These Bills are raksha kavach for farmers. However, there are some who had been ruling the country for decades, they are now misleading the farmers on this issue. They are lying to the farmers,” PM Modi said.
Meanwhile, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who’s resignation was accepted by the President, said, “I said government should bring the bills after consultation with stakeholders, what is politics in this? Farmers are agitating not only in Punjab but also in Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. There is opposition in south India.”
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