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Prime Minister criticizes opposition for misleading farmers, says government is ready for talks on issues and facts | India News


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday criticized the opposition for misleading farmers about new farm laws, saying the government is ready for talks with protesters as long as the discussion is based on issues, facts and logic.
“Farmers had some apprehensions about the new laws, but people with a political agenda got in the way and introduced new unrelated lawsuits,” the prime minister said after handing over 18,000 crore rupees to more than 9 crore farmers under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman. Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme.
Under the PM-Kisan scheme, a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year is provided to small and marginal farmers, payable in three equal installments of Rs 2,000 each. The fund is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
“He would have seen that when the upheaval started, their demand was about the MSP guarantee. They had genuine problems because they were farmers. But then those with political ideology took over,” Modi said.
“The MSP, etc. was put aside and now what is happening. They are demanding the release from jail of those accused of violence … They want free toll roads. Why have they gone from the problems of farmers to the new demands, “he said.
“Despite that, farmers across the country have enthusiastically embraced the agricultural reforms. I assure you I will not disappoint you,” Modi said.
Although the Prime Minister did not name any particular group, he made several references that appeared to be directed at groups affiliated with the left and other opposition parties.
PM Modi said that the groups that are talking about mandis and APMC are the ones that destroyed West Bengal and Kerala.
“There are no APMC and mandi in Kerala. Those who rule Kerala for years are joining Punjab farmers to take selfies, but they do nothing for the mandi system in their own state. They have time to fool Punjab farmers. If this is so good, why? Aren’t they fighting to implement it in Kerala? They have no facts, they raise false accusations and spread misinformation and create fear among farmers and mislead them. Sometimes farmers are misled by them. ” said Prime Minister Modi.
Modi also lashed out at the Mamata Banerjee-led government in West Bengal while claiming that they had destroyed the state and were engaging in politics by preventing more than 70 lakhs of state farmers from reaping the benefits of the Center’s flagship PM-KISAN scheme, according to which Rs 6,000 are provided each year.
The Prime Minister wondered if there was agitation against the new agricultural laws, there were no protests against West Bengal’s decision not to implement the PM-Kisan scheme.
Modi said that more than 23 lakh farmers in West Bengal have submitted online applications to take advantage of this scheme, but the state government has stopped the verification process for so long.
“Why there were no protests to secure the money from PM-Kisan,” he said.
“If you listen to Mamta Ji’s speech from 15 years ago, you will know how much Bengal has ruined this ideology,” he said.
Modi said everyone knows how the state has been ruined by the political ideology of those who ruled there for decades.
( With contributions from agencies)

Times of India