MEERUT / LUCKNOW: UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said the Opposition was being funded by foreign agencies to hatch a conspiracy and instigate farmers to protest against new farm laws.
Addressing a public rally after laying the foundation stone of 88 projects worth Rs 325 crore in Meerut and inaugurating an agriculture exhibition and hi-tech central library at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Agriculture University, Yogi said: “The Opposition can’t see farmers getting prosperous. Some people are making anti-India statements in the name of farmers’ movement.”
Appealing farmers to stand with the integrity of the country, Yogi said the solution lay in dialogue, not protests.
Attacking the Congress, he said the grand old party could never comprehend that the vexed issues of Ayodhya and Jammu & Kashmir could be solved.
“Instead of being thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing in pro-farmer policies, they are inciting farmers,” he said, adding that people with vested interests were endangering the unity, security and integrity of the country by using innocent farmers and they would be dealt with a heavy hand.
The CM maintained that the new farm laws were essentially aimed at doubling the income of farmers, according to them the freedom to sell their produce anywhere they want and keeping their ownership of land and crop intact.
Praising farmers, especially those from west UP, the CM termed Meerut as the land of revolutionaries which has contributed a lot to the country since Independence.
“The state government is committed to ensuring the development of the region,” he said, highlighting the Rs 32,000 crore Rapid Rail project between Delhi and Meerut.
The CM said the safety of girls was his government’s top priority and crime against women would not be tolerated.
“Behen betiyon ki suraksha mein sendh lagane waalon ka hoga ‘Ram naam satya’ (those indulging in crimes against women will have to run for their lives),” Yogi said.
The CM reached after a delay of over two hours as his chopper could not make landing due to the prevailing weather conditions. He returned to Ghaziabad and later took a road route to the venue in Meerut.

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