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Govt likely to offer ‘enough’ time to discuss ‘contentious issues’ to end stalemate in Lok Sabha

The logjam in the Lok Sabha is expected to break on Monday paving way for the house to resume functioning, sources in the government said. In order to pacify the Opposition, which has been disrupting the proceedings for the last four days while demanding a separate debate on farmers’ protest, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to intervene and offer enough time for discussion on the contentious issues. In a series of meetings between the Opposition and top BJP leadership on Monday, they decided to end the stalemate in the Lok Sabha which had started on Tuesday and continued till Friday. Replying to the Motion of Thanks on President Kovind’s address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said the newly-passed farm laws should be given a chance and that the MSP system is here to stay. Requesting the protesting farmers to go back, he reiterated that the government is open to talks. The Prime Minister said that there is a need to project the nation from a new FDI which he referred to as ‘Foreign Destructive Ideology’. “The nation is making progress and we are talking about FDI but I see that a new FDI has come to the fore. We have to protect the nation from this new FDI. We need Foreign Direct Investment but the new FDI is ‘Foreign Destructive Ideology’, we have to protect ourselves from it,” he said. Modi said opposition to the Centre’s newly passed farm laws lacks in substance and that they have been stalled for decades. Reiterating that his government is working for the small farmers, he said that the government has initiated changes in the agriculture sector aimed at empowering the farmer since 2014.

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