Parliament LIVE Updates: PM Tears into Opposition, Says Farm Reforms Will Create New Options Without Hampering Mandis as Congress Walks Out


The PM had delivered his reply to the President’s address in the Rajya Sabha on Monday where he had referred to his predecessor Manmohan Singh on the need for reforms in the farm sector as he defended the farm laws. He also tried to allay fears of farmers over Minimum Support Price for crops. “MSP was there. MSP is there. MSP will remain in the future,” the Prime Minister declared during his speech in Parliament, removing all doubts about the future of the scheme that guarantees farmers a predetermined price delinked from market rates for specific crops, thereby subsidising them.

In his over hour-long address, the PM spoke at length about the need for reforms in the farm sector while making it amply clear that the government will not back down and agree to repeal of the three legislations.

He addressed some of the criticisms aimed at the new laws, assured that the government is still open to dialogue and constructive suggestions, and appealed to agitating farmers, especially seniors, camped at Delhi’s borders to end their stir.

Meanwhile, the government is likely to move a breach of privilege motion against Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra over the lawmaker’s speech in Parliament on Monday.

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