‘Won’t Vote for BJP Even if They Pay Rs One Crore’: Farmers in MP Frustrated with Aadhaar and Lack of MSP
Farmers have also talked about demonetisation and migration of the village youth to other states has being problematic.
Aadhaar-related problems, demonetisation and lack of support for Minimum Support Price (MSP) have become the reasons for rural angst against the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Madhya Pradesh, ahead of the upcoming state assembly elections.
The Telegraph reported that the farmers and tribals — especially from the tribal belt in the Dhar, Jhabua and Khargone districts — felt that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had let them down. A tribal youth in the Badveli village in Dhar told The Telegraph, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be a big leader but most of his decisions have been wrong.” Emphasising his lack of support for the party in the forthcoming elections, the youth added, “I won’t vote for the BJP even if they pay Rs one crore.”
Elaborating on the problems caused by making Aadhaar compulsory for claiming government benefits, a villager Ram Pasya told The Telegraph, “Most villagers spend several days taking care of the Aadhaar formalities. First, they (officials) will say name is incorrect, surname not added, phone number not linked…. Once you get everything corrected after running around, the network link won’t be there or the fingerprints won’t match. Students could not get admission in school because of Aadhaar. This idea was designed to torture the most vulnerable.”
Lastly, farmers also stated that the crop insurance scheme was fraudulent and that they had not received the MSP for gram and soybean crops. It has also been troublesome for the rural population that the youngsters have been forced to migrate to other states like Gujarat and Maharashtra.