With Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state with over 22 crore population set to elect a new legislative assembly early next year, war of words continues between the ruling and the opposition parties. Former Chief Minister Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav heading the Samajwadi Party and the major contender to regain power has declared that no matter how hard the BJP tries to connect with farmers in Uttar Pradesh, they will not vote for the saffron party. Farmers have resolved to vote out vote ruling the BJP. Commenting on the BJP’s plan to hold Kisan Sammelans in the state to reach out to farmers, Akhilesh said, “When the time has come for the ‘Annadatas’ to become voters, the BJP remembers farmers. Farmers are not going to fall into the trap of the BJP. In 2022, farmers will vote unitedly against the BJP.”The BJP is going to launch a farmer outreach programme, ‘Kisan Samvad’, from August 16 to 23. Incidentally, the term of the current assembly will expire on 14 March 2022. Political parties are vying with one another for the support of 224.57 lakh farmers in the state. Out of the 175.07 lakh (78.0%) are categorized as marginal farmers, 31.03 lakh (13.8%) small farmers and 18.47 lakh (8.22%) farmers hold land above 2 hectares as Govt asserted in Parliament ‘’MSP and Mandis continue and will continue’’. Edited by PK Chakravarty.
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