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PM Modi speaking in the Lok Sabha on 10 February. (Photo: LSTV)

Farmer protests sacred, Andolanjivis polluted it: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today tore into the opposition for disrupting the proceedings of the house over the farm laws calling it a well-planned strategy. He hit out at the Congress calling it a confused and divided party after Rahul Gandhi and other party members along with the TMC MPs staged a boycott during his reply to the motion of thanks on the President’s address to Parliament. In his over an hour-long speech, PM Modi called the farmer protests sacred but slammed the Andolanjivis for polluting the movement.

The uproar in the Lok Sabha began as soon as PM Modi began to explain the government’s stand on three farm laws. After the continuous uproar, the Prime Minister said, ‘Those who are disrupting the House are doing so under a well-planned strategy. They are unable to digest that people are seeing through the truth. Through their games, the trust of the people can never be won.’

No Mandis shut after farm laws were passed: PM

PM Modi further said, ‘We all respect the farmers who are voicing their views on the farm bills. This is the reason why the topmost Ministers of the government are constantly talking to them. We have great respect for the farmers.’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi added that no Mandi has been shut after the farm laws were passed by Parliament. Similarly, the minimum support system has remained intact and procurement of farm produce has continued. The Budget has proposed to strengthen the Mandis and these facts cannot be ignored.

Farm reforms demand of times: PM Modi

The opposition leaders have been questioning the government’s decision as to why the reform is being pushed through without the farmers even asking for it. The Prime Minister countered the argument saying it is all optional but the government can’t wait for things to be asked as several progressive legislations have come into existence owing to the demand of the times. He said, ‘We should take responsibility and keep working for the welfare of the people according to the needs of the country. We have worked for the change in the country and if the intention is right, good results are bound to happen.’

‘Time to differentiate between andolankari and andolanjivi’

The Prime Minister criticized the violence in the farmer movement, ‘I consider the Kisan Andolan to be Pavitra. But, when Andolanjeevis hijack Pavitra Andolans, showcase photos of those jailed for serious offences, does it serve any purpose? Not allowing toll plazas to work, destroying telecom towers, does it serve a Pavitra Andolan’?

PM Modi said, ‘it is important to differentiate between ‘andolankari’ and ‘andolanjivi’.  There are people who speak the right things. But when it comes to doing the right things, fail to convert words into action. Those who talk big on electoral reforms oppose “One Nation One Election”. They speak of gender justice but oppose Triple Talaq. Those people mislead the nation.’

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