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Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha Constituency and party's national spokesperson Aparajita Sarangi on Monday slammed Odisha government over its 'confused' stand on the farmers’ agitation that has been continuing for last several days, demanding total repeal of the newly enacted Farm Laws.

Sarangi, while speaking exclusively to OTV, said that the Odisha Government is playing with its political agenda over the ongoing farmers' agitation. "The government is confused about what to do. Neither it has understood the laws properly nor tried to understand it. In another sense, I can say that the State government has understood the laws clearly, but not ready admit it because of their political agenda."

The Modi-government has been with the farmers and always working for their welfare. "The true farmers have faith in Modi-government. We are ready for all kinds of discussion and debates on farmers' issues," she added.

The first time parliamentarian further maintained that the laws which are being opposed by some vested interest groups had been brought with a through discussion with the farmers' unions, States and other stake holders.

"The ordinance was placed after a through a discussion with various farmers' unions, State governments and other stakeholders.

On September 14, the bill was presented in the Lok Sabha for a debate. I clearly remember that the debate continued for three days," she added.

Sarangi claimed that the new farm laws envisage maximum prices for the farmers' produces. Farmers can sell their produces wherever they want.

On the issues of Mandi system and the Minimum Support Price (MSP), the MP clarified that there is no question of abolishing the Mandi system. It will remain in force so as the MSP. Misleading information has been spread among the farmers, she added.

Coming down heavily on the Congress and other Opposition parties, the bureaucrat-turned politician criticized the Opposition saying that they have no other issues to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi than to protest the farm laws.

She said the work which has been completed by Modi-government, was initiated by the Congress much earlier. So, this party and the Kisan Union should thank Narendra Modi for fulfilling their long standing wishes.

On the apprehension of farmers regarding the entry of Corporate Houses is an attempt to grab their lands, Sarangi clarified that there are adequate legal provisions in these laws which safeguard the lands.

On the demands of the farmers that the MSP should be legalised, the MP said that the government is flexible on demands of the farmers and is ready to make any amendments they want.

It is worth mentioning that various farmers' unions have been protesting newly enacted three farm laws--the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

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