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Farmers’ agenda hopes to shift election focus back on agricultural crisis

Updated : March 22, 2019 03:54 PM IST

Ahead of India’s 2019 parliamentary elections, farmers’ unions from across India have released an 18-point agenda for political parties to include in their manifestos with clear implementation timelines.
The poor state of agriculture sector was touted as one of the main reasons behind Bharatiya Janata Party’s loss in recently held assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.
Rural distress and unemployment were the main influencing factors in the election campaigns before the narrative changed to nationalism, following the Pulwama attacks on Indian security personnel and India’s retaliatory air strikes. Farmers are hopeful that agricultural distress would still be an important issue in the elections.
Farmers’ agenda hopes to shift election focus back on agricultural crisis

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