Opposition politicising farm laws: JP Nadda

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BJP National President Shri JP Nadda accused the Opposition parties of politicising the issue of the farm laws by supporting those protesting against the measures. He said Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had the will and the courage to take bold decisions and was working for the welfare of the nation and the farmers.

Speaking at a function to mark the 51st anniversary of Tamil magazine Tughlak in Chennai on 14 January, 2021 Shri Nadda said the Opposition parties had, in fact, promised in their election manifestos that the agriculture sector would be reformed. “The Opposition speak and write in their manifestos that reforms will be brought in, that the APMC [Agricultural Produce Market Committee] needs to go, that the Essential Commodities Act is an age-old law that needs to be amended, farming and contract farming have to be legislated…, but you don’t have the political will, courage to take decisions. It is Shri Modi who takes decisions,” he said.

The BJP National President said the Opposition parties were now trying to go back on their promise and “support the people who want to agitate”. He asked whether politics was so important that issues vital to the welfare of the nation needed to be compromised.

Shri JP Nadda further said when the western world was struggling to control the spread of COVID-19 despite having better healthcare facilities; PM Shri Narendra Modi had taken a strong decision to enforce a lockdown so as to save the 1.3 billion population of the country. He said that when COVID-19 struck, the country did not have the capacity to test even 5,000 samples but now it could test 5 lakh samples.

He said it was important to bring the BJP to mainstream in Tamil Nadu, and he was confident that the party’s State unit would bring it off.

Shri JP Nadda also took part in a Pongal event, ‘Namma Oor Pongal’, organised by the party at Maduravoyal.