Farmers Union Leader Criticizes BJP, Praises Congress Ahead of Lok Sabha Elections

Farmer leader Naresh Tikait criticizes BJP's lack of support for farmers, commends Congress's MSP promise, as Lok Sabha elections continue in UP, a crucial battleground state.

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Farmers Union Leader Criticizes BJP, Praises Congress Ahead of Lok Sabha Elections

Farmers Union Leader Criticizes BJP, Praises Congress Ahead of Lok Sabha Elections

Naresh Tikait, the head of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), has denounced the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its lack of support for farmers in their election manifesto, while commending the Congress party's promise to make a law on Minimum Support Price (MSP). Tikait emphasized key issues affecting farmers in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, such as delayed sugarcane payments, high electricity rates, and the need for better public transport, as the Lok Sabha elections continue in the state.

Speaking to reporters, Tikait conveyed disappointment with the current election, stating that "individuals have lost interest in governments and feel that their votes won't make a difference." He contended that the BJP government has a "dictatorial attitude" and does not respect farmers, while the Congress has done good work for farmers in the past.

Tikait also discussed the impact of the 2013 communal riots in the region and the changing dynamics between villages and cities. He noted the challenges faced by the younger generation and the lack of opportunities in rural areas. While religious divisions have eased since the riots, political divisions remain, with Hindus typically voting for the BJP and Muslims for the opposition parties.

Why this matters: The ongoing Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, a crucial battleground state, have highlighted the diverse concerns and priorities of the electorate. The views expressed by influential leaders like Naresh Tikait shed light on the complex political landscape and the key issues that could shape the outcome of the elections.

The first phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh witnessed a 58% voter turnout across eight constituencies in western Uttar Pradesh. The elections saw participation from prominent political figures and a total of 80 candidates, including 73 men and 7 women. Despite some allegations of booth capturing and voter boycotts due to local issues, the voting process was largely peaceful, with the Election Commission deploying significant security measures to ensure the smooth conduct of elections in the state.

Key Takeaways

  • BKU leader Naresh Tikait criticizes BJP's lack of farmer support, praises Congress' MSP promise.
  • Tikait says people have lost interest in elections, feel their votes won't make a difference.
  • Tikait claims BJP has a "dictatorial attitude" while Congress has done good work for farmers.
  • Lok Sabha elections in UP see 58% voter turnout, some allegations of booth capturing.
  • Diverse concerns of electorate, including sugarcane payments and electricity rates, shape the polls.