Although, BJP won the crucial state election in Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal this year, the party’s popularity across the spectrum of India’s demographics is not measured after the GST and now its failed promises to the farmers. If an opinion poll is taken today in India, there is every likelihood of dwindling electoral fortune for BJP. Every socio-demographic segment is affected by the central government’s draconian policy and failed assurances.
The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), which has been a coalition of over 180 farmer organizations, have organized for a high profile protest rally named “Kisan Ki Loot” in New Delhi on 20th November. This is in protest of the loose implementation of Minimum Support Price (MSP) assured by the government. The MSP has been set by the government for the economic uplift of the farmers. However, the statute is valid only in paper. In reality the farmers are not been able to sell their crops at MSP causing them to lose over Rs 35,000 crore during this crop season (Kharif).
The union is livid with Prime Minister Modi and did not mince any word to explain the reason for the same, “Prime Minister Modi and the BJP manifesto promised in the 2014 elections that the Minimum Support Price will be fixed at 50 per cent margin above the Cost of Production. However, among the 14 crops of Kharif 2017-18, the MSPs for 7 crops have been fixed less than the C2 Cost of Production. In the other 7 crops, the margin above Cost of Production is merely 2-19 per cent. Considering C2+50 per cent as the fair remunerative price promised by the government, the loss faced by farmers is more than Rs 2.03 lakh crores.”
AIKSCC, in the last three months, had organised a Kisan Mukti Yatra covering 10,000 km through 18 states, holding 500 meetings and making contact with 50 lakh farmers.
This campaign has the aim of intending “to showcase to the nation how farmers are being denied remunerative prices after all the hardships and risks that they face in producing food for the nation. In this campaign, AIKSCC volunteers are capturing the stories of hundreds of farmers across the country, and across different crops, through info-pics of farmers, to present the real picture of how farmers are unable to recover even their cost of production,” they explained.
This is one more topping in the large list of failed promises by the incumbent government. In the election manifesto, BJP promised to provide jobs and ended with a meager growth rate that cannot generate employment. They promised low inflation and implemented GST. The ‘Startup India’ and ‘Make in India’ are little better than sounds of empty vessels. Now, they have retreated from their promises to the very significant farming community. BJP is well advised to conduct a popularity poll so that they can judge the people’s perceptions towards them and possibly can their path they have taken.