PM accuses Oppn of misleading farmers and ‘playing tricks’
Varanasi/New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday accused the Opposition parties of misleading farmers and “playing tricks” again on them as he and the BJP asserted that the new agriculture laws over which protests by farmers raged in the National Capital Region will provide new options to sell for more and also safeguards.
Modi also said that presently a “new trend” is being seen in the country where protests are based on creating doubts through misinformation while Union ministers urged farmers not to have any misconceptions about the three agriculture reform legislations.
“Decades of deceit are making farmers apprehensive and they are seeing the new move in the same manner but now there is no deceit. Work is being done with intentions as pure as Ganga jal,” he said, reaching out to the farming community.
“What we are doing now is not with ‘chhal'(deceit) but (our work is) like ‘pavitra Ganga jal’ (holy Ganga water),” Modi said, addressing a public meeting in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi, a temple town on the banks of Ganga.
Modi’s attack on the Opposition parties came even as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that the new laws are meant for the Prime Minister’s “two-three friends” and are aimed at stealing from the farmers.
The Congress also launched a social media campaign to muster support for the protestors saying when farmers raise their voice, it resonates across the country. The protests in the National Capital Region in wintry weather entered the fifth day on Monday.
Leaders of the Opposition DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu demanded that the Prime Minister “respect” the democratic struggle of the farmers, negotiate with them and announce a repeal of all three agricultural laws. The Left parties called upon their State units to coordinate and organise protests in support of thousands of protesting farmers.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the people of Delhi to extend all possible help to the protesting farmers at Singhu and Tikri border points of the national capital and urged the Centre to hold talks with them at the earliest.