At an event in Kutch, Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the farmers’ agitation spread all over the national capital’s borders and said that the farmers are being misled by the opposition, The Indian Express reported.
The prime minister in his address said that Gujarat’s dairy sector is flourishing due to “minimum interference” from the government. “The agriculture, dairy and fisheries sectors have prospered in Gujarat over the last two decades. The reason is minimum interference from the government. What Gujarat did was to empower farmers and cooperatives,” he said.
Speaking on the reforms, he expressed that the Opposition and several farmer bodies in the past have asked for the very reforms that crores of farmers are opposing now.
“They [the Opposition] also wanted these reforms but they couldn’t when they were in power. But now that we have managed to do it, they are misleading farmers,” PM Modi said.
“The agriculture reforms that have taken place are exactly what farmer bodies and even Opposition have been asking over the years,” PM Modi added.
Even as farmers from Haryana and Punjab enter their 20th day of protest against the BJP-government’s new legislations on agriculture, PM Modi assured in his address that the “Government of India is always committed to farmer welfare and we will keep assuring the farmers and addressing their concerns.”
Even after several talks with the government, the farmer unions have not ceased their agitation, citing their demand for complete revocation of the farmer laws.
(With inputs from ANI and The Indian Express)