An unhappy BJP having lost three crucial states ahead of the national election has reacted to the Congress schemes for farmers.
PM Narendra Modi may have been referring to the Congress scheme of loan waiver as ‘lollipops’.
This comes amid the speculations that the Modi government itself is unlikely to consider a nation-wide farm loan waiver.
The promise of a waiver is seen to have helped Congress score upset wins in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh and also in Rajasthan while farm distress was perceived to have hurt BJP.
The PM said the more effective methods to address farm issues included modernising of procurement, creation of cold storage chains and the move to ensure farmers a minimum support price that is 1.5 times the production cost of crops.
This was the PM’s second visit to UP this month during which he released a postal stamp on Hindu king Suheldev, seen as an effort to woo the Rajbhar community which reveres Maharaja Suheldev who had defeated Muslim warrior Ghazi.