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. PHOTO: AFP
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

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.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.

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