Farmers’ protest LIVE updates: New farm laws not brought overnight: PM Modi, says able to talk with ‘heads bowed, hands folded’ – india news

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Farmers’ agitation against the three contentious farm laws entered day 24 on Saturday as the deadlock between the government and farmers’ unions continues. Amid the ongoing impasse, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday practically addressed the farmers of Madhya Pradesh in ‘Kisan Kalyan Sammelan’ which used to be telecasted across 23,000 villages of the country and at all of the district headquarters of Madhya Pradesh. All the way through the hour long address, Prime Minister Modi reiterated his government’s commitment to the welfare of farmers and explained how the three farm laws are a step towards making farmers’ lives better.

Towards the conclusion of his speech, PM Modi said the welfare of the farmers is the top precedence of the government. “But still finally these, whether our farmers have any concern, we can bow our heads in front of them and will listen to what they have got to say. Their benefit is our utmost precedence,” he said concluding his address.

Responding to PM Modi’s address to Madhya Pradesh farmers, a observation from the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee said, “The Prime Minister has launched an open attack on the farmers of India by claiming that they’re linked to opposition parties. In place of addressing the issue of repeal of the three Farm Acts which erode farmers’ hold on land and farming and establish the MNCs and big trade to grow in agriculture, he has reduced himself to a party leader, undermining his role as a responsible executive head of the country, expected to solve problems.”

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Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar in an interview to PTI on Friday said that the government is hopeful of resolving farmers’ agitation before the new year and is continuing its casual dialogue with more than a few groups to diffuse the crisis. He also asserted that the government is able to give a written assurance that the minimum enhance price (MSP) and mandi system will continue.

Meantime, thousands of farmers, particularly from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting at Delhi borders for more than three weeks. Several protesting leaders have threatened to step up their agitation and have said that they’re prepared to celebrate the Republic Day next year with their own tractor rally on Delhi borders.

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Government needs to get to the bottom of farmers’ issue, not Supreme Court: AIKS

The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) on Friday said the issue of the ongoing farmers’ protests against three new farm laws must be resolved by the government and not the Supreme Court. The AIKS, a key member of the “Samyukta Kisan Morcha” that is spearheading the “Dilli Chalo” agitation against the three farm laws, asserted that no farmer organisation approached the court in the first place and asked for its intervention in the matter.

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