‘Ready to speak to those who are against us on agricultural issues’: Prime Minister Modi’s top quotes
Training opposition parties with his weapon to deceive farmers protesting against the new three farm laws for the past four weeks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he has no problem with parties engaging in politics. But don’t mislead the farmers, he urged. This was BJP’s latest outreach program amid ongoing farmers’ protest, which is far from thawing in its fourth week. What Prime Minister Modi and other Union ministers have been saying for the past few days was echoed in Prime Minister Modi’s speech on Friday. But there was more, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government is ready to speak to those who are against the government.
Here are the main quotes from PM Modi’s speech:
‘Conversations must be based on questions, facts and logic’
“There are parties that supported these agricultural laws before. We have your written evidence of that. A political leader is misleading the people. He doesn’t even believe in democracy. He also has overseas connections. You can’t even say the things you’ve been saying. But despite all this, I humbly say that we are ready to discuss the issue of farmers with those who are against us as well, but the discussion must be based on questions, facts and logic, “said Prime Minister Modi.
‘We have an open mind’
“We have not claimed to have all the knowledge. There should be debate. This is how democracy works. We are ready to tackle all issues with an open mind, “said Prime Minister Modi.
‘Direct transfer of benefits’
Remembering Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birth anniversary, Prime Minister Modi said on Friday that the agricultural laws are inspired in some way by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “Once, Vajpayee ji criticized his previous government about how government money used to get lost along the way before reaching the beneficiaries. Glad we can guarantee direct transfer of benefits. There are no intermediaries between the government and the beneficiaries, ”said Prime Minister Modi.
‘West Bengal Private Farmers’
“More than 70 lakh farmers in West Bengal are deprived of this scheme. This is my regret. The West Bengal government is blocking the plan for its political interest. If you listen to Mamata Banerjee’s speech dating back 15 years, then everything becomes clear, ”said Prime Minister Modi.
‘Farmers have responded through the ballot box’
“The political party that has deprived its own farmers is instigating the farmers in Punjab. They have lost political relevance. They have lost the recent elections in places where they are supporting the farmers’ protest, ”said Prime Minister Modi.
“Why doesn’t Kerala have a mandi system?”
“Those who have ruled Kerala for years are joining Punjab farmers to take selfies, but they do nothing for the mandi system in their own state. If mandi and APMC are so good, why doesn’t Kerala have these? “PM Modi said.
‘The demand has changed’
“Farmers had some apprehensions about the new laws, but people with political agendas got in the way and introduced new unrelated lawsuits. Initially, the demand was MSP. which is justified by being farmers. But now there are demands to free some people from prison. There are demands for the roads to be free, “said Prime Minister Modi.
‘Sell your products anywhere in the country’
“Farmers will be able to sell their products anywhere in the country, listen to me carefully. If you want to sell on MSP, you can sell. If you want to sell in mandis, you can. If you want to sell online, the new laws empower farmers to do so too, ”said Prime Minister Modi.