Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the proposed farming laws at the centre of a huge controversy are "historic and necessary" for the country to move forward in the 21st Century. In an attack on the opposition, he also indicated that they are the architects of the controversy, instigating farmers with lies as they "feel control slipping away". "Suddenly, many people have problems with the new laws. Questions were raised what will happen to krishi mandis? Will they close down? This will never happen," he said.