Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his support yet again for his government’s controversial farm sector laws. The bill has had protesting farmers camping at the borders of Delhi for nearly 20 days.
The government has made it very clear that would not scrap the farm laws.
“The agriculture reforms that have taken place are exactly what farmer bodies and even opposition parties have been asking over the years,” the Prime Minister said today, reiterating the government’s claim that the opposition is now “instigating” and “misleading” the farmers.
“The Government of India is always committed to farmers’ welfare and we will keep assuring the farmers and addressing their concerns,” he added while speaking at a function in Gujarat’s Kutch.
PM Modi had marked the government’s line last month in his monthly radio address Mann ki Baat. He had expressed support for the laws three days after the farmers started their “Delhi Chalo” protest.
Since then, the government had held several rounds of talks with the farmers, one was even attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. But no resolution has been in sight with the farmers rejecting the government’s offer of bringing amendments in the laws.
Last week, the BJP had claimed that the Congress was contradicting its own plans to incite farmers and oppose the government. During the UPA rule, the Congress and Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party supported what are now key provisions of the farm laws, the party said.