It is a common trend among Indian politicians to first make false election promises and then conveniently forget about them after being elected. Not a single political party of India has fulfilled its promises and commitments made to farmers so far. This has resulted in commission of suicide by farmers on the one hand and mass agitation and violence on the other hand.
For instance, Madhya Pradesh’s Congress government had promised to waive farm loans up to Rs 2 lakh ahead of the Assembly elections. As they have been elected now they have no urgency and desire to fulfill its commitments. As a result farmers in the state are holding a three-day protest to press the Kamal Nath government to fulfill its loan waiver promise. Milk and vegetable supplies in Madhya Pradesh are likely to be affected due to this.
Update 30-05-2019: MP Govt has decided to form a State-level committee to sort out farmers’ issues and farmers have called off the strike.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) state chief Anil Yadav said the promise was yet to be fulfilled, as many farmers were still getting notices from banks threatening to declare them defaulters. The farmers are also asking for implementation of the Swaminathan panel recommendations and minimum support price (MSP) for their produce.
Protesters said supplies were disrupted in Dewas, Dhar, Ujjain and Rajgarh on the first day of the stir on Wednesday. State Agriculture Minister Sachin Yadav met the protesting farmers on Tuesday evening, but failed to pursuade them to end the demonstration. BKU leaders insisted that they wanted to meet the Chief Minister to discuss their demands.