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UP Election 2022: New headache for BJP? Farmer union's big statement over PM Modi's 'promises'

The SKM was referencing the minimum support price (MSP), among several other assurances that were provided to the farmers by the BJP government.

India TV Politics Desk Edited by: India TV Politics Desk Lakhimpur Kheri Updated on: February 15, 2022 23:32 IST
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Similarly, he said, work on all the five points was to be done by the government but has not been done because of which the SKM on January 31 observed 'betrayal day' across the country and after that it decided to go across poll-bound UP under its 'Mission UP'.

Highlights

  • SKM alleged that BJP-led central government has not worked for fulfilling its promises.
  • They appealed to the people of Uttar Pradesh to "punish the BJP".
  • SKM was referencing to MSP, among several other assurances that were provided to the farmers by BJP.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Tuesday, in a press conference in Lakhimpur Kheri, alleged that the BJP-led central government has not worked for fulfilling its promises towards farmers despite announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They appealed to the people of Uttar Pradesh to "punish the BJP".

The SKM was referencing to the  minimum support price (MSP), among several other assurances that were provided to the farmers by the BJP government. 

“Among the promises were that all cases lodged against protestors would be taken back, families of those who died during the agitation will get financial compensation, farmers will be kept out of the ambit of electricity bills,” Sharma, flanked by BKU leader Rakesh Tikait, told reporters.

“There is also provision for punishment and penalty on stubble burning but assurance was given for removing the clause of punishment and the most important issue was a law to guarantee MSP but no committee has been formed yet for that also,” he said.

Sharma said the prime minister had on November 19, 2021 announced that a committee would be formed for MSP but that has not happened yet.

Although Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar made a rhetorical remark in Parliament in the last session that the government is seeking permission for it from the Election Commission, he noted.

“A committee could have been formed on the basis of the announcement by the prime minister and there would have been no effect on the Election Commission,” he claimed.

Similarly, he said, work on all the five points was to be done by the government but has not been done because of which the SKM on January 31 observed 'betrayal day' across the country and after that it decided to go across poll-bound UP under its 'Mission UP'.

“We do not ask anyone who to vote for but to punish the BJP. The farmer knows whom to vote for. This is not our work to decide who will form the government. We will support the government in the same ratio the government supports us,” Sharma said.

The SKM's press conference in Lakhimpur Kheri comes close on heels of a high court order which has granted bail to Union Minister Ajay Mishra 'Teni's son Ashish Mishra, who is accused in the Tikunia violence in which eight people, including four farmers were killed in October 2021.

(with PTI inputs)

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