BJP and other political parties in India woo farmers, a key voting bloc, ahead of 2019 poll

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party has said it would continue to reach out to farmers and on a much bigger scale in the coming months.
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NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with his eyes firmly set on the general election next year, has reached out to farmers again, repeating a promise to double their income in five years.

"The farmers are the soul of India. A country can't develop fully until and unless there is development of farmers," he said at a rally in the state of West Bengal on Monday, his third with farmers in a week.

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