“Insulting Farmers”: PM Modi Over Protestors Burning Tractor At India gate

“When the world was celebrating International Yoga Day, under India’s initiative, they were opposing Yoga in India. When Statue of Unity was being unveiled, they were opposing it,” said. 

In protest against the new farm laws, youth Congress members set a tractor on fire at Delhi’s India Gate on Monday morning. A day after that, Prime Minister said that these parties are insulting the farmers. Targetting the opposition parties leading from the front in support of farmers, the Prime Minister said, “For years, they said that they will implement MSP (Minimum Support Price) but they never did. This was done by our government as per the recommendation of the Swaminathan Commission.” He also stressed that the opposition parties are protesting “just for the sake of it”.

“These reforms will strengthen labourers, youth, women, farmers of the nation,” the Prime Minister said during the launch of six mega projects in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange project.

“Farmers can now sell their produce to anyone, anywhere. They do not want farmers to sell their produce in an open market, they want middlemen to earn the profit,” PM Modi said, adding that opposition parties are “opposing the freedom of farmers”.

“Their (opposition) one more medium to earn black income is finished,” the Prime Minister said.

“There will not only be MSP in the country but also the freedom for farmers to sell their produce anywhere,” the PM assured farmers.

“For years these people (opposition) didn’t do anything to empower our security forces. Air Force kept asking for Rafale but they never listened to them. When our government signed a contract with France government for Rafale aircraft they started having a problem,” he addeed.

“When the world was celebrating International Yoga Day, under India’s initiative, they were opposing Yoga in India. When Statue of Unity was being unveiled, they were opposing it,” said.

On Sunday, President Ramnath Kovind signed on the contentious bills despite over a dozen Opposition parties urged him not to sign them, saying they were passed “unconstitutionally” in “complete disregard” of parliamentary norms.

Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020 are the three bills at the center of controversy.

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