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As the agitation entered Day 30, the unions said that the minimum support price (MSP) cannot be separated from the demand of repealing the contentious agriculture laws

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BS Web Team  | New Delhi 

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Farmer Protest LIVE Updates: Amid the intensifying farm agitation, PM on Friday interacted with farmers from six states and released benefits under PM-Kisan scheme virtually. PM Modi said that the Central government is ready for discussions with those opposing farm laws at any time and asserted that a self-reliant farmer can lay the foundation for a self-reliant India.

Later in the day, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said 'some' farmers protesting against the recently enacted Central laws were misguided by their "political masters" and were painting a picture as if ryots across the country were with them. He also lashed out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his criticism of the farm laws and said "he appears (in public) once in a fortnight" and challenged him for an open debate on the issue.

Meanwhile, protesting farmer unions alleged that the government's latest letter for talks is nothing but propaganda against the peasants to create an impression that they are not interested in dialogue and asked it to put the scrapping of the three recent farm laws in the agenda to resume the parley.

As the agitation entered Day 30, the unions said that the minimum support price (MSP) cannot be separated from the demand of repealing the contentious agriculture laws, asserting that the issue of a legal guarantee for the MSP is a key part of their agitation.



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First Published: Fri, December 25 2020. 07:06 IST