NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on those opposing the farm reform bills, saying they do not want farmers to have the freedom of selling their produce in the open market.
Without naming the Congress, he said the frustration of a party, which ruled for four generations, was at the root of this politics of opposition for opposition’s sake.
The prime minister was speaking at the launch of mega projects in Uttarakhand via video conference.
The opposition has got just one way of doing politics and that is by opposing, he said, adding those protesting farm bills are favouring middlemen.
The prime minister said by opposing big reformative steps by the Centre, such forces were making themselves socially irrelevant in the country.
Modi said one party has opposed everything from Jan Dhan accounts, GST, One Rank One Pension, Rafale, Statue of Unity, 10 per cent reservation for the poor to the celebration of November 26 as Samvidhan Diwas.
“Frustration of a party which has ended up riding the shoulders of others despite wielding power for four generations is behind this politics of opposition”, Modi said.
The farm bills are Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020.
Some farmer organisations protested against the passage of the bills, blocking the Amritsar-Delhi railway track even as the government has insisted that they will make them self-reliant. They say the new laws could lead to an end of the MSP for their produce.