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PM Modi appeals to farmers to end agitation against ‘agri laws’

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday appealed to protesting farmers to end their demonstration against ‘farm laws’ while questioning opposition parties’ sudden “U-turn” on the agriculture reforms. The PM also hit out at the supporters of farm protest, saying a new “breed” of agitators has emerged in India who cannot live without an agitation and that the country should be beware of them.

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He was quoted saying “the new FDI (Foreign Destructive Ideology) has emerged in the country” and “we need to be more aware to save the country from such ideology”.

Modi also lauded Sikhs for their contribution to the country while lambasting some for trying to defame Sikhs. “This is a community that has done so much for the nation. The country takes pride in the contribution of Sikhs, but some people are trying to defame them. The words and blessings of the Guru Sahibs are precious. The language used by some for them will not benefit the country,” PM said, replying to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address in the upper house.

On the ongoing farm protest, Modi said, “MSP was there. MSP is there. MSP will remain in the future. Affordable ration for the poor will continue. Mandis will be modernised”.

Modi also quoted former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the need for reforms in the agriculture sector and said Congress should take pride that Modi did what the former Prime Minister wanted.

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Addressing the ongoing Parliamentary session, Modi reiterated that “since 2014 his government has initiated changes in the agriculture sector aimed at empowering the farmer. The crop insurance scheme was changed to make it more farmer friendly. The PM-KISAN scheme was also brought in, he added. ”

He also hit out at those behind the protests, saying “a new breed of agitators has emerged in the country who cannot live without an agitation and the country should be beware of them.”

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