Lucknow: Extending an olive branch to the agitating farmers, Defence Minister and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Rajnath Singh said that all the issues can be resolved through dialogues and appealed them to end their stir.
“I appeal to the farmers to end their agitation. All the contentious issues can be resolved through dialogue. The government has clarified a number of times that MSP will not be scrapped. They (farmers) should come and discuss their problems with the government and we are open to their suggestions,” Singh said while inaugurating the one-day state working committee meeting of the BJP here on Monday.
He said the BJP government is committed to double the income of farmers. This assurance has come from none other than the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “No one can question the commitment of the Prime Minister towards betterment of farmers. He had promised Rs 6000 to farmers and the same has been fulfilled,” he said.
The farmers are staging protests for over 100 days demanding three farm laws namely Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act. The three farm laws have been projected by the government as major reforms in the agriculture sector to remove middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country. The government projected the laws as an antidote to lowering demands caused by the pandemic.
The farmers leaders are now touring Bengal asking people not to vote for BJP in the assembly elections.
Singh said that opposition is spreading canard about a proposal to end MSP. Farmers were even today paid as per MSP. In UP the farmers were paid Rs 66000 crore for their produce which government outlets purchased as per MSP, he said.
He also talked about recent Indo-China stand-off saying not an inch of land was conceded in the agreement with China. “Our army is full of valour as well it knows the virtue of patience. What happened at the Indo-China border reflects the inner strength of Indian forces. We showed our might after Uri and Pulwama. No country can now dare to take `panga’ with us,” the Defence Minister said.