Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 18
Prime Minister Narendra Modi immediately termed the three agriculture Bills handed by the Lok Sabha “historic” and slammed Opposition events for “spreading lies and misguiding farmers, supporting middlemen” and opposing new alternatives being offered to the sector.
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“Farmers have been given new independence. They will now have more options and opportunities to sell their produce. It was necessary to bring these measures to protect them from middlemen,” he mentioned, reiterating the promise to guard the MSP construction whereas urging farmers to be cautious of those that dominated the nation for many years and had been now “lying to them”.
“They are opposing just for the sake of opposition without realising that farmers are aware that these people are standing with middlemen,” he mentioned, talking on the launch of set of tasks for poll-bound Bihar, together with long-awaited Kosi Rail Mahasetu connecting Kosi and Mithila areas.
The Congress is now attempting to play politics over the APMC Act nevertheless it had promised to repeal it in its 2019 election manifesto, the PM mentioned in his second assertion on the difficulty in lower than 24 hours. He additionally mentioned the APMC Act had been completed away with in Bihar by CM Nitish Kumar, giving farmers freedom of alternative within the state.
Taking cost of the matter amid a rising disagreement, the PM final night had despatched out a sequence of messages after Akali chief Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from his Cabinet, labelling the three legislations “anti-farmer”. Seeking to downplay variations with the Akali Dal, BJP leaders mentioned “they are and will continue to talk” with their ally to “address its concerns”.
“The PM always wanted to remove the middleman culture from the system. There is no going back,” mentioned BJP sources.