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PM misleading farmers & country, farm laws a conspiracy to end MSP: Cong

PM misleading farmers & country,  farm laws a conspiracy to end MSP: Cong

New Delhi, Sep 18 (UNI) Responding to the statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the opposition is trying to mislead farmers on farm sector bills passed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, the Congress on Friday said that it is the PM who is misleading the farmers and the entire nation on the farm legislations.

Addressing a joint press conference here along with Lok Sabha MPs Gaurav Gogoi, Rajeev Satav, Jasbir Singh Gill, Hibi Eden, and Amar Singh, AICC media in-charge Randeep Surjewala said,'the PM is inciting the nation against the opposition. He is lying to the country and farmers. The PM in anti farmer.

These three farm sector bills are a BJP conspiracy to sell off the interests of the agriculture sector to the capitalists. It is a conspiracy to end the MSP system.'

On the PM's contention that the MSP system will continue, Surjewala said, 'Both the Agriculture minister and the PM are saying that MSP will continue but when mandis will be finished, who will give MSP? Will FCI (Food Corporation of India) go to farmers' fields to give MSP?

The PM said that now farmers can sell produce anywhere. 86.2 per cent farmers own less than six acres of land and 60 per cent own less than two acres of land. How can such poor farmers have access to far-off markets.'

Terming the new farm laws as a conspiracy to destroy the small farmers, Surjewala said, 'when APMC act will no longer be there, how will small farmers, mandi workers and transporters earn their livelihood? The mandi fees helps development in villages.'

Earlier on Friday, the PM accused the Congress of attempting to mislead the farmers regarding farm-related bills and said he will allay all apprehensions raised by the farming community.
'The new farm bills are revolutionary. No longer do my farmer brothers and sisters have to suffer having to sell only to a few. With the passing of these bills, they can now sell their produce to anyone they wish at the best price available to them. Farmers can sell their produce in any market in the country at the price they wish to," Mr Modi said after dedicating Kosi Rail Mega Bridge through a video-conference.
In an apparent reference to the Congress, the Prime Minister said, ".....But the people who ruled this country for decades are attempting to mislead the farmers on this issue. They are lying to the farmers."
The Lok Sabha, on Thursday passed through voice vote The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.
Opposition parties including Congress, Trinamool Congress, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) opposed the bills on the grounds that they were “anti-farmer”. Minister of food processing industries and NDA ally Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned over the passage of these bills.
'Agriculture bills passed by the Lok Sabha are protection shield for farmers. They'll now have more options and opportunities to sell their produce. It was necessary to bring these to protect them from middlemen,' Mr Modi said.

The Prime Minister said that the BJP-led NDA government is committed to providing to farmers the right price for their produce through the MSP system.

'The government procurement will continue as before,' he assured. Mr Modi claimed that farmers are watching some people who are disliking the new opportunities being received by them.

The PM said that if anybody has fulfilled the promise made to the farmers, then it is the present BJP-NDA government.
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