Agricultural issues take center stage in the polls, with Parliament, Rajasthan, and Telangana among the top five crops.

Political parties in poll states compete with each other to address issues related to agriculture. Parliament, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana are either top or second in national production of several crops. The BJP  promised a price of ₹ 3,100 per quintal of paddy rice in Chhattisgarh after the Congress said it would increase it by ₹ 3,000 from the current ₹ 2,640. The saffron party makes up for the silence of the farm sector because farmers have found their ground in the crucial elections. The Congress, which won the 2018  polls in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan on loan waivers, has already announced a farm loan waiver of up to ₹ 2 lahks per farmer in Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, though it is likely to do so. soon will be announced during the manifest launch in Rajasthan.

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“Farmers understand the importance of every topic offered. They are proud to show their strong bond with political parties because of their choices and willingness to consider our issues,” said Rampal Jat, president of Kisan Mahapanchayat in Rajasthan.  Rural leaders from all these survey states feel that the BJP does not give as much weight to their issues as it promises its emotional agenda like Ram Mandir or Developed India. “Despite setting MSP terms 50 percent higher than the cost in 2018, the BJP lost the assembly elections in three states two months later. The BJP probably thinks that we are not influenced by opinion polls as much as other factors, according to Sirohi, a farmer leader from Madhya Pradesh.   Another Samyukta Kisan Morcha leader, Shiv Kumar Kakkajee, who led the year-long protest against the three farm bills (after being withdrawn), has led a yatra in key parliamentary constituencies for the past 46 days, culminating in Dewas next week. Kakkajee wants both BJP and Congress to get on board and take note of their problems.  “We informed the farmers about the past achievements of both the BJP and the Congress on farmers’ issues without complaining about who they should vote for,  After the Congress farm loan waiver, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao accepted his party’s 2018 promise to waive the loan in August 2023. The Congress even launched the Rao Rythu Bandhu scheme, a first in the country for direct cash transfers to farmers. The Congress promised ₹15,000 per acre to both landowners and tenants, with only now ₹10,000 per acre given to landowners. 

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