Lucknow: Months ahead of the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday criticised the BJP for not fulfilling the promises they had made to the farmers in their 2017 election manifesto.
"It seems that BJP made its manifesto and threw it in the trash because they never turned through its pages. They forgot their own manifesto. They had promised that by 2022, the income of farmers will be doubled and a roadmap will be prepared for that. Today the farmer in Uttar Pradesh wants to ask, till when their incomes will be doubled?," said Akhilesh Yadav.
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also alleged that the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in the state has failed to make timely payments to the sugarcane farmers as they had promised in their manifesto.
Raising the issue of paddy procurement on Minimum Support Price (MSP), he said, "Farmer was assured that paddy will be procured on MSP. Today, paddy is ready. But the government has failed to provide the MSP to the farmers."
Yadav alleged that the government stopped making new Mandis and closed down the existing ones.
"They talked about improving the agriculture infrastructure. Farmers now want to know how much the Mandis has improved and how many good works and decisions have been made for the improvement of agriculture infrastructure," he added.
He also alleged that BJP had betrayed the people in Bundelkhand, a region that he said that 'put its trust in BJP'. "Bundelkhand is still lying dry, a drought-like situation is there," he added.
He asserted that his party will form the government after 2022 assembly polls. "The slogan of Yogi ji will go from 'Mera Pariwaar, Bhaajpa Pariwaar' to 'Mera Pariwaar, Bhaagta (running) Pariwaar," he remarked.
Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections are scheduled to take place early next year. (ANI)