Elections 2019: Will welfare schemes help BJP retain rural votes?3 min read . Updated: 20 Dec 2018, 10:24 AM IST
From cooking gas (Ujjwala Yojana) to crop insurance (Fasal Bima Yojana), the delivery of rural welfare schemes could be critical for BJP electoral prospects in the hinterlands
New Delhi: To attract India’s rural vote in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress has promised a nationwide farm loan waiver. The announcement highlights the importance of India’s rural voters. An oft-cited explanation for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) dismal performance in the assembly elections earlier in December is that of rural discontent and the party’s inability to address farmers’ concerns. However, data from post-poll surveys conducted by Lokniti, a research programme at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), suggest that the BJP’s failure were, on the whole, a result of an aggregate loss in vote share rather than losses in the farmer vote share, specifically.