Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the proposal of the Union agriculture minister for suspension of the farm laws still stands.

Prime Minister Modi said this while addressing an all-party meeting on the Budget Session of the Parliament on Saturday.

He said that “the government’s stand is the same as it was on January 22, and the proposal given by the agriculture minister still stands”, said a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

Prime Minister Modi assured that the government was approaching the issue of farm laws with an open mind.

He reiterated that the agriculture minister is just a phone call away for taking forward the talks.

Modi also paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his Punya Tithi and said “we must strive towards fulfilling his dreams”.

He condemned the desecration of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in USA on Saturday morning saying that “such an atmosphere of hate is not welcome for our planet”.

On references made by the leaders on the unfortunate incident on January 26, Prime Minister Modi said the law will take its own course.

Modi said the government is open to detailed discussion on issues raised by the leaders of different parties in the meeting.

He reaffirmed the importance of smooth functioning of Parliament and comprehensive debates on the Floor of the House.

He added that frequent disruptions mean smaller parties suffer as they can’t express themselves adequately.

Modi said that it is for the bigger parties to ensure that Parliament functions smoothly, there are no disruptions and thus, the smaller parties are able to voice their views in Parliament.

Prime Minister Modi highlighted the role India can play to further global good in many sectors.

He referred to the skills and prowess of our people, which can be a force multiplier for global prosperity.

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