NEW DELHI: There was no hint of any dilution of BJP’s defence of the three new farm laws with finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday outlining that Rs 1.55 lakh crore has been transferred to accounts of farmers under PM Kisan Samman and that while the Centre is open to listen to farm unions but they have not been able to clearly spell out their objections.
Speaking to the media at the BJP national executive here, the finance minister said MSP has been increased by 1.5 times and Kisan Debit Cards were also distributed. While there was some speculations since former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh spoke about a likely alliance with BJP in Punjab polls, Sitharaman indicated that the party is not ready to backtrack on the issue and it will combat the campaign against it by highlighting the measures it has taken to empower farmers.
BJP president J P Nadda too in his address stressed the Centre’s commitment to farm issues and said that before 2014, India’s agriculture budget used to be just Rs 23,000 crore which is now Rs 1,23,000 crore. Under PM Kisan over 10 crore farmers have benefitted. He also spoke about record purchase of foodgrains under the MSP mechanism across the country.
Sitharaman said, “We are open for talks. Please tell us what you are opposed to in the laws. We have not been told what the objection is and their (farmers’) story is incomplete. We are still willing to listen to the farmers.” She was speaking on the political resolution passed by the party which endorsed PM Narendra Modi’s leadership and accused the opposition of “opportunism” and amindset of “extreme hate”.
It said BJP is set for a big win in states due for polls on the basis of development work and organisational strength. The resolution spoke of Modi government’s handling of issues from the Covid-19 vaccinations to climate change, with Sitharaman asserting that the PM has restored faith in governance and built the country’s image abroad. India has played an active role in the domain of foreign policies and ensured that it is heard, she said.
The resolution said India is setting new standards of success globally under Modi but the opposition is solely acting out of “extreme hate”, alleging that it was busy derailing the Covid vaccination drive by making every effort and spreading disinformation.
The resolution says BJP did well in Bihar, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and Bengal, and numerous bypolls and local polls, claiming that this shows the party have lived up to people’s expectations.


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