BJP leaders hail Modi for ‘dismantling lies’ on farm laws; Congress hits back, says farmers, not Oppn protesting

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A number of leaders from the ruling BJP as well as the Opposition parties took to Twitter to voice their opinion after Modi clarified Centre’s stand on the three contentious farm laws

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the farmers of Madhya Pradesh via video conferencing during a Kisan Sammelan event on Friday. In his virtual address, the prime minister reiterated the commitment of his government towards the welfare of farmers. The prime minister explained how the three farm laws that were introduced recently are are a step towards making farmers’ lives better.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have been protesting along the Delhi’s border entry points for over three weeks demanding a repeal of the three farm laws that were passed hurriedly in the Parliament.

The prime minister said that he was ready to discuss every issue and assuage concerns of the farmers. “If anyone has any concerns, then with our heads bowed, our hands folded, with humility, we are willing to allay their fears,” he said.

The prime minsier also said that the talk about minimum support price (MSP) ending with the new laws “is the biggest lie ever”. The event addressed virtually by the Modi was attended by about 1,000 farmers in all the 52 district headquarters of Madhya Pradesh.

In his address, the prime minister also claimed that Rs 16,000 crores were being transferred into the bank accounts of 35 lakh farmers of Madhya Pradesh while accusing the Opposition of “misleading” cultivators.

The Prime Minister said that the Opposition used farmers for vote-bank politics and is now upset that the BJP government has brought the farm laws. As Modi sought to present the Centre’s stand on the issue, a number of leaders from the ruling BJP as well as the Opposition parties took to Twitter to voice their opinion.

Several of the BJP leaders praised the prime minister on Twitter for taking the Opposition head-on and “giving proof” of how the Central Government has “strengthened” the MSP system.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan claimed that the prime minister has provided more to the farmers by bringing welfare schemes and new farm laws.

Prakash Javadekar, a BJP leader and minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet, requested the farmers not to get swayed by political parties. He sought to assure farmers that the Central Government wants their welfare.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted that Modi in his virtual address, gave the proof that his government has strengthened the MSP system.

BJP National President JP Nadda to praised the prime minister’s speech, saying Modi is working for the betterment of farmers and their livelihood.

BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said that Modi is working on making the farmers of the country capable and strong. He also said that both the Central and the Madhya Pradesh governments are working together to double the income of the farmers of the state.

Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said the prime minister in his address to farmers on Friday has set the records straight. He has made it categorical that the government has procured more farm produce on MSP than the previous dispensations.

However, soon after Modi’s speech, several Opposition leaders asked Modi to “listen” to the farmers and repeal the three farm laws. Some of the Opposition leaders also said that the prime minister, instead of offering a solution to the deadlock, used the virtual address to deliver a political speech.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi, accusing the prime minister of making a “false appeal” to farmers. He also appealed to Modi to take back the farm laws.

Former Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar too tweeted in Hindi, saying that he had hoped the prime minister in his address would provide some solution to the agitating farmers, but it was more of a political speech targeting the Opposition.

“It’s not Opposition, but farmers who are sitting at Delhi’s border. Please don’t get confused. Don’t doubt their intelligence. It’s the government which is confused. If not, please take back the laws,” Babbar tweeted.

Congress spokesperson Akhilesh P Singh slammed the prime minister for addressing farmers in Madhya Pradesh, when the protesters are camped around Delhi’s borders. He tweeted in Hindi:

Responding to the prime minister’s statement promising farmers that the Central Government will not withdraw the MSP system or the APMC, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Naresh Balyan asked how could the people trust the prime minister when the govt has still not fulfilled the past promises to “bring back black money” and “improve GDP in GDP 50 days after demonetisation”.

ON Friday, the prime minister had also promised that the MSP system will continue even after the implemenation of the three laws. Responding the prime minister’s statement, AAP MLP Vinay Mishra said that farmers in the Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are suffering because the lcoal mandis have been closed.

“In Bihar, the MSP for corn is Rs 1,869, but farmers are selling produce at Rs 800 and Rs 1,000 because the local mandis have beeb closed, AMPC Act is not implemented. Farmers are forced to take a loss of Rs 9 per kilo. It’s your govt there. Please ensure MSP there.”

CPM leader Sitaram Yechury, commenting on a news clip on farmers not getting MSP in Madhya Pradesh, said that the farmers will not get anything from the prime minsiter’s words and asked the NDA government to take back the farm laws.

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