Ahead of MP polls, farmers' body to campaign against 112 MLAs
July 15, 2018  15:59
A farmers' organisation in Madhya Pradesh has said it will campaign against 112 legislators, who belong to various parties, for their "failure" to take up the issues of cultivators.
Farmers would be asked to evaluate the works done by MLAs for their welfare, and cast votes "tactically" in the state assembly elections due later this year, Aam Kisan Union leader Kedar Sirohi told PTI.
"We have identified 112 MLAs, who were elected from rural areas but never asked a question on the issues of farmers in the assembly," he said.
The strategy is to focus on MLAs whose victory margin was less than 5,000 votes in the last state polls, he said.
Out of the 112 legislators identified by the organisation, 86 are of the BJP, 24 of the Congress and two are Independents, Sirohi said.
"Our (union) leaders will not go to every village of the identified constituencies, but they will visit only 20 villages having sizable farmers' population in each assembly segment. We will interact with farmers and talk about their issues to convince them to vote tactically," he said.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had last month said that his government deposited over Rs 35,000 crore into the accounts of farmers as part of various state-run schemes over the past one year.
Sirohi said their organisation was not against any government or political outfit.
"Farmers from rural areas elect representatives to raise their problems in the Assembly. But, instead of raising the farmers' problems, legislators speak and talk at the behest of their party leadership," he alleged.
Farmers in MP have collectively lost Rs 22,000 crore due to the 'Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana' and there has been a loss of Rs 33,000 crore due to damage of crops in natural calamities, Sirohi claimed.
But, farmers across the state have been paid only Rs 5,300 crore under the crop insurance scheme, he said.
The Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana is a direct benefit transfer scheme under which farmers are paid the difference between the modal price (average market price for a particular commodity over a stipulated period) and the minimum support price of crops.
Madhya Pradesh ranks third in terms of farmer suicides in the country, Sirohi pointed out, adding that such cases have gone up by 43 per cent in the last five years. -- PTI
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