Union home ninister Amit Shah, speaking at a gaushala in Delhi, reiterated that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) will remain even after the new laws are implemented, and blamed the Opposition for misleading farmers regarding MSP. “PM Modi will release Rs 18,000 crore as the next instalment under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme to over 9 crore farmers today with a click of a button. He is the true well-wisher of farmers,” he said.
The Prime Minister will release a book ‘Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Parliament: A Commemorative Volume’ to mark the birth anniversary of the former prime minister on Friday. PM Modi will pay floral tributes to the former Prime Minister at his portrait, which was unveiled on February 12, 2019 in the Central Hall of the Parliament. The day is also observed as Good Governance Day. The book will be released at a function in the Central Hall of Parliament.
As part of the BJP’s outreach efforts, party chief JP Nadda has meanwhile directed union ministers, MPs and MLAs to participate in the address, and letters have been sent to presidents of state units and all other senior leaders. Big screens have been set up by the Bharatiya Janata Party at every block development centre and district-level programmes will be held an hour before Modi’s speech at 12 pm. Home Minister Amit Shah will be present at a gaushala in Delhi, from where he too will interact with a select group of farmers. At least 3,000 programmes, big and small, are being held in Uttar Pradesh itself.
The Centre had on Thursday once again invited protesting farmer unions for the resumption of the stalled talks and asked them to choose a date of their convenience to end the impasse over the three new farm reform laws. The Centre in its letter said it is ready to take up whatever issues the unions want to discuss in addition to those dealt with in previous rounds.
But the farmer unions alleged that the government’s latest letter for talks is nothing but a propaganda against the peasants to create an impression they are not interested in dialogue, and asked it to put the scrapping of the new farm laws in the agenda to resume the parleys.
The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions protesting at three border points of Delhi – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur – for the last 27 days, is likely to hold a meeting on Friday to discuss the Centre’s letter and respond to it formally.
So far, there has not been any headway after five rounds of talks between the government and farmer unions, who have maintained that their demand for repeal of the three farm laws was “non-negotiable”. Also, with pressure mounting on the BJP-JJP government in Haryana over the farmers’ protests, Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala Thursday offered to act as a mediator between the farmers and the Centre to resolve the standoff. He said new central farm laws need many amendments and urged protesting farmers to give ‘concrete suggestions’.
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