PM defends farm laws in Rajya Sabha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made an appeal to protesting farmers to end their agitation against the BJP government’s new farm laws.

The Prime Minister also told Rajya Sabha that a new “breed” of agitators has emerged in the country who cannot live without agitation and the country should be beware of them.

He also said 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”.

“We have to guard against a new FDI – foreign destructive ideology”, said PM.

PM also stressed that India is very proud of the contribution of Sikhs and the language used by some for them will not benefit the country.

He alleged that some people are also 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,” he said, replying to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address in Rajya Sabha.

“Minimum support price (MSP) based agri procurement will continue and so will PDS. Give agri reforms a chance, open to changes. Despite record production, there are problems in the agriculture sector, solutions have to be found together,” he said.

The ‘Delhi Chalo’ farmers’ protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 76th day today.

Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders. The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system being retained.