Rakesh Tikait, the farmer leader responded to the assurance made by Prime minister Modi in a debate in Rajya sabha. Rakesh Tikait rejected the PM’s assurance and replied that the country doesn’t run on trust.
Prime Minister Modi addressed the Minimum Support Price (MSP) issue while replying in the debate in Rajya Sabha. He said, “Not just this, the MSP was there, it is there and will remain there”.
Farmer leader Tikait said that the PM assured the MSP, but he did not mention whether any law will be formed for this assurance or not.
“The Prime Minister said ‘MSP was there, MSP is there and MSP will remain in the future, but he did not say that a law will be formed. The country does not run on trust. It runs on the Constitution and law”.
“Affordable ration for the poor will continue. Mandis will be modernized” said PM Modi.
The farmers are ready for another round of talks, but they are adamant about their demands to take back the farm laws. Farmer union leaders also raised objections to the phrase “like breed” of agitators called “Andolan jivi”. They said that the protests have a crucial role to play in a democracy.
“We have never refused to hold talks with the government. Whenever it has called us for dialogue, we hold discussions with Union ministers. We are ready for talks with them (government),” said farmer leader Shiv Kumar Kakka.