Farmers are still largest section of voters...no political party can ignore crisis in agriculture
The lead-up to the 17th Lok Sabha has begun with the announcement of the schedule of the general election. As in any election, this one too will be fought on several issues. But one issue which will remain the focus is the crisis in agriculture. The depth of the crisis this time is unprecedented and it has only intensified in the last two years. The breadth of it has also widened, with all sub-sectors of the agrarian sector affected by it— be it the food grain economy, horticulture, cash crops or the livestock economy. While the reasons for each of these are separate, it has led to a situation where large parts of the agrarian economy have actually seen a decline in real incomes.