'By burning their equipment (tractor), they are disrespecting farmers today,' says PM Narendra Modi Credit: File image

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hit out at the Opposition over their protests against the farm law stating that by burning their equipment the opposition parties are disrespecting the farmers.

He said, “They do not want farmers to sell their produce in the open markets. They want their vehicles to be seized like it used to happen earlier. By burning their equipment (tractor) they are disrespecting farmers today.”

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On Tuesday, Modi inaugurated six mega projects which amounted to a total of Rs 521 crore under the Namami Gange Mission in Uttarakhand. Additionally, he also inaugurated various other sewage treatment plants. Their up gradations today were located in Rishikesh, Haridwar among other regions.

Speaking after the inauguration, Modi said, “Several reforms, related to farmers, labourers and health, were brought during the recently concluded Parliament session. These reforms will strengthen labourers, youth, women, farmers of the nation. But the nation can see how some people are opposing it just for the sake of it. Today these people are misleading farmers over MSP.”

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He added that there will not only be MSP in the country but also the freedom for farmers to sell their produce anywhere. Taking a jibe at the opposition he said that some people are unable to tolerate this freedom. “Their one more medium to earn black money is finished,” he added.

Parts of the nation have been witnessing farmer protests against the new farm law in view of the alleged apprehension that the law will pave a way for dismantling of the minimum support price system. This

Modi also slammed at the opposition over defence acquisition by saying, “For years these people (Opposition) didn’t do anything to empower our security forces. Air Force kept asking for Rafale but they never listened to them. When our govt signed a contract with France Govt for Rafale aircraft they started having a problem.”

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