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“Don’t Be Misled,” PM Modi Urges Farmers As Ally Akali Resents Over Farm Bills

PM Modi also said that the government is “committed to help farmers get right prices through Minimum Support Price”

As politics is heating up across the country over the three bills concerned with agricultural reforms were passed in parliament, and as BJP’s oldest ally Shiromani Akali Dal pulled out it’s only minister in Union Cabinet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed that “misinformation was being spread” that farmers would be shortchanged

“Misinformation is being spread that farmers won’t get right prices. They are forgetting how aware the country’s farmers are,” PM Modi said, addressing a Railway project launch in Bihar through video conferencing.

“But the people who ruled this country for decades are attempting to mislead the farmers on this issue. They are lying to the farmers,” the PM said attacking the opposition.

PM Modi also said that the government is “committed to help farmers get right prices through Minimum Support Price”, at a time when the government faces massive backlash for the three bills passed in Lok Sabha on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, in what was seen as a blow to NDA, Shiromani Akali Dal leader and food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from the ministry. President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted her resignation. Her decision came on the wheels of mounting anger in Punjab and Haryana farmers against the 3 bills related to agriculture and farming. Punjab farmers form a large chunk of Shiromani Akali Dal’s vote bank. After her resignation, she conducted a press conference in which she said that the party stands with the farmers on the issue.

The oldest ally of the BJP, the Shiromani Akali Dal, will review its membership in the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), party supremo Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Thursday. His statement came soon after his wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned as a union minister in protest against the government’s agricultural bills that have spurred massive resentment among its all-important voter base of farmers.

“We are sad that the government of India brought this bill without a dot of change. You cannot be a part of the government which has not looked into the rights of the farmers. We spent two months trying to convince the government. But now since the bill is done, we cannot go back,” Mr Badal said, NDTV reported.

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