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Farm laws have not been introduced overnight, says PM Modi

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Amid the ongoing farmers protest in the country against the three agriculture laws recently passed in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed Madhya Pradesh farmers via video-conferencing and said the laws have not been introduced overnight. There have been decades of discussions, consultations, he said. “These were the demands of the farmers for decades. If today we see the manifestoes of the political parties, we will find the same promises,” PM Modi said.

Taking a swipe at the opposition parties for “misleading” farmers, PM Modi said, “I don’t think they have a problem with the farm reforms. They have problems with the fact that what they promised and could not deliver has been now done by Modi. I am folding my hands in front of all political parties. Please, take all credit you want. I will give credit to the manifestoes of the political parties.”

“When they were in power, they junked Swaminathan Commission report. We dug out the report and implemented the recommendtions,” PM Modi said adding that Madhya Pradesh farmers are well aware of Congress’s false promises. “You know better as they had promised loan waiver to Madhya Pradesh farmers. But all of you got that?” he said.

Congress’s promise of farm loan waiver never includes small farmers who can’t even go to banks and loan waiver was only applicable to a few big farmers, PM Modi said.