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Business News/ Politics / News/  Farmers protest: Congress promises MSP for various crops if INDIA bloc wins Lok Sabha elections
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Farmers protest: Congress promises MSP for various crops if INDIA bloc wins Lok Sabha elections

Congress promises MSP implementation for crops if INDIA bloc wins Lok Sabha elections; farmers begin Delhi Chalo agitation.

Farmers in large numbers stage a 'Delhi Chalo' protest march at the Shambhu border on Tuesday. (ANI)Premium
Farmers in large numbers stage a 'Delhi Chalo' protest march at the Shambhu border on Tuesday. (ANI)

The Congress has promised to implement MSP for various crops if INDIA bloc wins the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The development came even as members of over 200 farmer unions began a Delhi Chalo agitation to press their demands. The protesters have called for several changes including the enactment of a law guaranteeing minimum support price for crops.

“Farmer brothers, today is a historic day! Congress has decided to give legal guarantee of MSP to every farmer on crops as per Swaminathan Commission. This step will change the lives of 15 crore farmer families by ensuring their prosperity. This is the first guarantee of Congress on the path of justice," tweeted Congress MP Rahul Gandhi. 

Meanwhile Congress National President Mallikarjun Kharge lashed out at the "dictatorial Modi government" for being “hell-bent on curbing the voice of farmers!". The Congress party, he assured, would provide full support to the farmers' movement.

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"Barbed wire, tear gas from drones, nails and guns... everything is arranged. The dictatorial Modi government is trying to curb the voice of farmers! Do you remember that farmers were called "agitators" and "parasites"? In 10 years, the Modi government has broken three promises made to the food providers of the country -Farmers' income to double by 2022, according to Swaminathan report, implementation of Input Cost 50 per cent MSP and legal status to MSP," he said.

The remarks however sparked censure in the BJP ranks with lawmakers noting that the other party had previously failed to implement its guarantees. 

“Congress failed not once but many times and the guarantees of Congress also failed...In Himachal Pradesh too, they had given a guarantee of 1500 to every woman per month...but all their guarantees have failed...we increased the prices of MSP and also increased the procurement and Congress spent 5.5 lakh crore. While the Modi government spent 18.49 lakh crore... the Modi government has done many times more work for the agriculture sector and the welfare of farmers and will continue to do so in future also…" Union Minister Anurag Thakur told ANI.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 13 Feb 2024, 04:12 PM IST
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