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Farm Bills needed for 21st century India, says Modi as Opposition protests

Eight Opposition lawmakers suspended for a week from Rajya Sabha for 'unruly behavior' that allegedly took place while the house passed the two Bills on Sunday.

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Derek O Brien of TMC and members of other opposition parties stage a protest over suspension of eight Rajya Sabha members, farmers problems and other issues, during ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi | PTI photo

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Farming Bills set to become law despite stringent protests by Opposition parties are "historic and necessary", said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

"I want to make it clear these laws are not against agriculture ‘mandi’; it will continue like it always has. I want to assure every farmer that the Minimum Support Price system will continue as before,” said Modi in a televised speech.

Some people are trying to “mislead and instigate the farmers” as they “feel that control is slipping away from their hands”, he said. "Suddenly, many people have problems with the new laws. Questions were raised

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First Published: Sep 21 2020 | 2:00 PM IST

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