Congress promises to cancel UP farmers’ debt within 10 days of taking office

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Elections UP: the campaign for the first phase ends, all eyes are on Jat’s stronghold

Campaigning for the first phase of assembly polls in western Uttar Pradesh ended on Tuesday evening, with the ruling Bharatiya Janata (BJP) party and main opposition Samajwadi (SP) party releasing their manifestos.

Covering the Jat-dominated belt of western UP, the first phase will see a total of 58 constituencies across 11 districts go to the polls on February 10. The districts where the elections will be held are Shamli, Hapur, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Mathura and Agra.

The ruling BJP fielded 17 candidates from the Jat community, while the RLD fielded 12 Jat candidates and the SP six. There is anger in the community over the now withdrawn farm laws; issues such as the payment of sugar cane royalties also have some traction.

Punjab Manifesto: Agriculture, landless farmers take center stage, BJP promises debt relief, free rainwater harvesting kits

Full debt relief for farmers with less than five acres of land, guaranteed minimum support price for fruits, vegetables, pulses and oilseeds, dedicated annual budget of Rs 5,000 crore for crop diversification, similar amount for sustainable agriculture and organic farming, free rainwater harvesting units to check groundwater depletion and 300 units of free electricity for each household are among the promises that the BJP and its allies PLC and SAD (Sanyukt ) have made in their manifesto for the February 20 elections to the Punjab Assembly.

The allies also issued an 11-point ‘Sankalp’ (commitments) document, particularly for rural areas of the state and advocated the promotion of sport in villages while promising cash rewards to medal winners during international and national games modeled after Haryana.

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