Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday addressed a Krishak Kalyan Samavesh (farmer’s welfare rally) in West Midnapore district of West Bengal where he talked about how the Union government’s decision to ensure 150 per cent MSP for farmers for their Kharif crops benefitted them. “Previous governments have discussed the issue of MSP for a long time. But nothing was done. BJP government listened to the farmers and decided to increase MSP,” he said.
PM Modi also said, “BJP government is working to make lives easy for all of you. Will ensure all farmers get benefits. India is going through a major development change. Everyone in the country is trying to give their 100% efforts towards a bringing development. Our government worked for farmers, from quality seeds to market, important to have a warehouse to save the produce.”
Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has also announced a counter-rally on the same grounds, a few days after Modi’s speech, and has already put up large cutouts and banners of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee all across the town. Following this, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said, “Generally, the opposition parties organise counter-rallies. But in the case of West Bengal, it is just the opposite —the ruling party will be holding counter-rallies. It is good that the Trinamool is following us wherever we go.”