PM Modi courts farmers as polls near

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

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

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'. Print Edition | Subscribe