Amid opposition attacks that the Narendra Modi government has failed to get the farmers their due, the BJP national convention here passed a resolution on the steps taken by the NDA dispensation for welfare of farmers and the growth in the agriculture sector. Another resolution on the work done for upliftment of the poor was also adopted.
The resolution, which described the Modi government as “pro-farmer”, was moved by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and seconded by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and party’s Kisan Morcha head Virendra Singh Mast.
“The BJP lauds its government for successfully working out issues of farmers income. ‘New India’ that we are trying to create, we will not just be able to reach the goal of doubling of farmers’ income but would also be looking forward from there… We are conceptualizing an independent, able, strong and prosperous farmer as our annadata, who will take the country’s economy to great heights,” the resolution said.
The BJP passed another resolution on its achievements in the social sector under the title “Garib Kalyan”. Among the measures listed, most prominently projected is the government’s move to amend the Constitution to provide 10 per cent reservation for the economically backward in the general category. “The government has taken a revolutionary and historic decision for the poor and middles classes of the country. ..The benefit will be made available to the poor of every religion and to groups who were not getting reservation up till now,” the resolution said.
The resolution comes after the party faced defeats in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan in the recent Assembly elections. Party leaders as well as political observers have attributed the debacle in the Hindi heartland to the growing distress in the agrarian sector. While Opposition Congress has been promising loan waivers, Prime Minister Modi and senior BJP leaders have ruled out the announcement of such loan waivers ahead of the election.