Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday slammed the Congress and its youth wing members for setting a tractor on fire at India Gate, New Delhi during their protest yesterday against the new farm laws. The PM said opposition parties are insulting farmers and misleading them over the new farm laws. He said farm equipment, like tractors, which are worshipped by farmers, but the opposition was going about setting fire to such equipment and insulting farmers.
PM Modi said the Opposition parties are protesting just for their own benefit as they don’t care about farmers’ welfare.
Speaking on the new farmers’ laws during the launch of six mega projects in Uttarakhand, the PM said the new farm laws will strengthen farmers of the country and there are no negative aspects. Through the new farm laws, farmers can sell their crops and produce to anyone, anywhere they want without any middlemen. The PM attacked the opposition saying that those against the bill don’t want farmers to sell their produce in an open market and want middlemen to earn profits.
Assuring farmers, PM Modi said the minimum support price will continue to be there but farmers will also have the right to sell their produce anywhere.
Without naming the Congress directly, PM Modi accused the opposition of trying to mislead the farmers and said the opposition party has shamed the country with its drama.
Meanwhile, some farmers’ organisations protested against the passage of the new laws by blocking the Amritsar-Delhi railway track even as the government has insisted that they will make them self-reliant. They say the new laws could lead to an end of the minimum support price regime for their produce.
President Ram Nath Kovind signed three contentious farm bills into law on Sunday even after many Opposition parties urged him not to sign them, saying they were passed unconstitutionally in complete disregard of parliamentary norms.