18 Dec 2020: Over farm laws, PM Modi tears into opposition, praises reforms
He claimed for the last 25-30 years deliberation on these reforms had been going on.
The BJP leader also lambasted the opposition for indulging in petty politics and misleading farmers.
Here are more details.
Appeal: 'You take credit, I don't need any'
Making an impassioned appeal to political parties, PM Modi said he isn't eyeing appreciation.
"I am giving credit to all your old election manifestos. I just want ease in the life of farmers, I want their progress and want modernity in agriculture," he said while folding his hands.
He also claimed Congress sat on the Swaminathan Committee report for eight years.
Loan waivers: He stated not all farmers benefited from loan waivers
Further, he said farmers have been cheated on the promise of loan waivers.
He claimed before elections, parties promise the same, but in reality, only a few farmers are able to reap benefits.
PM Modi's address comes at a time when farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting at the gates of Delhi, claiming they won't return until the laws are repealed.
Statement: We transferred money into accounts of farmers: PM Modi
He said a staggering Rs. 16,000 crore is being transferred into the accounts of 35 lakh farmers of MP.
"Today, several farmers have been given Kisan Credit Card. Earlier, they were not available to all farmers. But we changed rules to make Kisan Credit Card available to all farmers across the country," he flaunted.
He reiterated that the government will not revoke MSPs.
Fact: He turned to statistics to support his statements
Assurance: PM Modi assured his government will listen to farmers
PM Modi said Indian farmers can't afford to lag behind when those from other countries were taking leaps forward.
"Now, a lot of discussions is going on over farm laws. These should have been done long ago," he said.
Toward the end of his address, he claimed his government will bow its head in front of farmers and address all their concerns.