Accusing Modi-led BJP government of ‘betraying’ the farmer community, yesterday CIFA (Consortium of Indian Farmers Association) announced that it has decided not to vote for BJP in the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
At a press conference in Chandigarh, Satnam Singh Behru, President of CIFA said that “Our consortium comprising 13 farmers’ organization has decided not to vote for BJP candidates in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Besides, we have also decided that farmers should also not vote for BJP contestants in coming assembly elections in some states including Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.”
Mr. Behru said that their main motive of boycotting BJP candidate should not be interpreted as farmers wanted to offer benefits to any particular political party during the elections.
Mr. Behru continued, “We have appealed to growers to vote for candidates of non-BJP parties or an Independent candidate. This decision was taken to teach a lesson to the BJP for betraying the farming community.”
“The BJP had promised that it would implement Swaminathan Commission report in its poll manifesto in 2014. But after coming to power, the BJP government refused to implement it,” added CIFA President.
Accusing the center ruling government of being ‘anti-farmers’, he said that BJP government was “playing a cruel joke” with farmer community by hiking wheat minimum support price (MSP) “by just Rs. 105 per quintal.”
Mr. Behru claims that “Farmers’ input cost has gone up considerably and the government has given just Rs. 105 a quintal increase in wheat MSP which is grossly inadequate.”