PM Modi courts farmers as polls near

Farmers, a vital voting bloc, in dire straits over heavy loans, poor agrarian conditions

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party will reach out to farmers on a much bigger scale through promises of doubling their income in five years’ time.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party will reach out to farmers on a much bigger scale through promises of doubling their income in five years’ time.PHOTO: AFP

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with his eyes firmly on next year's general election, 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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2018, with the headline 'PM Modi courts farmers as polls near'. Subscribe