BJP-Mukt Bharat and farmers’ government at the center

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Reiterating and reinforcing his active entry into national politics to bring about qualitative change, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao at a public meeting held in Peddapally on August 29 affirmed the formation of a government of farmers in the Center after the 2024 elections in Lok Sabha. For the first time, KCR made an unequivocal appeal to “BJP-Mukt Bharat” to protect the country from harmful divisive forces and in doing so, considered the formation of a peasant government at the center.

KCR, in the explicit expression of words, criticized the union government for its anti-farmer stance, such as the enactment of the three controversial Farm Bills and many others against which farmers, mainly from Punjab and India Haryana, have been protesting at Delhi’s borders for over a year. KCR said Narendra Modi had no choice but to announce their repeal. This has demonstrated the supremacy of a united farming community of India which is imperative to overcome all obstacles and achieve the goals, CM KCR emphasized.

The chief minister’s announcement was a follow-up statement after chairing a marathon two-day meeting on August 27-28 at his official residence, Pragathi Bhavan, Hyderabad, with nearly 100 leading farmers representing various national trade unions from farmers in 26 states across the country. Prior to their meeting with CM KCR, the farmer leaders toured the state and had first-hand exposure, insight and experience as well as physical validation of various welfare measures benefiting the all farmers, implemented in Telangana and not visible elsewhere in the country. .

During the meeting, farmers with one voice made it very clear that the Telangana model is indispensable for the overall development of the agricultural sector across the country. The farmers urged the chief minister to guide and support them in the anti-farmer policies adopted by the BJP-led central government, especially following the lack of support for growing crops and the extension remunerative prices for performance.

Some of the Telangana government programs that farmers studied were: loan exemption for farmers; Rythu Bandhu; Rythu Bhima; Free 24-hour quality food; Input subsidy; Appointment of AEOs; Farmer Coordinating Committees; Rythu Vedikas; Supply of seeds and pesticides; mechanization in agriculture; Subsidized price tractors; Rythu Bazaars; Mobile veterinary hospitals; micro-irrigation; Construction of godowns; Specialized markets; Ex-gratia for parents of farmers who committed suicide; distribution of sheep; Dalit Bandhu; Construction of irrigation projects, Mission Bhagiratha, Mission Kakatiya etc.

Overwhelmed by the amazing results of the programs, the farmers attending the meeting with Chief Minister KCR passed a unanimous resolution to form a National Farmers Forum to push for replicating the Telangana government’s welfare policies and programs to the farming community and the agricultural sector across the nation. At the meeting, it was felt that it was necessary to organize a united farmers’ organization to unite every farmer in every village in the country. In a way, this automatically turns into a nationwide mass movement, challenging the central government and leading to the eventual formation of a peasant government as envisioned by CM KCR.

Astonished to learn of the multiple programs benefiting the poor in general, and farmers in particular in Telangana, a long discussion took place on the comparative failures of central leadership and governance over the past 75 years of the independent India to address and solve the problems of the agricultural sector despite the availability of natural resources and arable land in abundance. The focus was more specifically on the failures of the Modi government.

This is exactly where farmers have invited the intervention of KCR type management to make farming a profitable profession across the country. The meeting passed a resolution asking him to lead the movement to unify farmers from the village level to the national level to take a coordinated and well-planned strategic struggle against the center’s anti-peasant policies. The participants unanimously expressed the opinion that CM KCR could prepare an action plan and a master plan for the movement, in order to unite the whole agricultural community.

Responding to the call of the farmers, CM KCR called for a united struggle by combining the parliamentary method and the approach of agitation to ensure the future of the farmers and ensure their well-being. He said history has proven that movements and struggles not involving legislative bodies were failures in independent India. He said that the separate Telangana Movement, which he himself pioneered, has proven that anything is possible through combined efforts. KCR has made a clear call to farmers to adopt a ‘Telangana’ model of agitation to find a permanent solution to their long-standing problems. Before launching the Telangana movement, KCR said, he spent thousands of hours brainstorming with intellectuals with expertise in various fields. He was able to dispel people’s doubts about the formation of the state of Telangana and made it a reality.

CM KCR made a clear call to peasant leaders to engage in active politics and get elected as representatives of the people and enter legislative bodies to solve peasant problems. A strong movement can be built through the parliamentary form, KCR said. The first step advocated by KCR was for the peasant leaders to return to their villages and discuss the issues that concern them at the field level, as was deliberated in the meeting with him. This is how the unity of farmers right from the village level could be exposed and the demands of farmers across the country could be heard. The farmers’ unions have decided to follow the path taken by CM KCR and combine both political and agitational approaches to solve the long-standing problems of farmers.

The deliberate and agreed follow-up step was to have meetings with scientists, economists, intellectuals, journalists, etc., at the national level and hold discussions. This would form the basis for the preparation of an operational master plan and procedures to be followed to protect the interests of farmers and the agricultural sector of the country. The organizational structure would be in line with the federal spirit at state, district, taluk, mandal and village level. The meeting envisioned the establishment of farmers’ bureaus to link northern and southern India, including Delhi and Hyderabad.

Incidentally, a few days later, on the auspicious day of Vinayaka Chaviti, August 31, CM KCR traveled to Bihar and had a meeting with his counterpart Nitish Kumar in Patna, to plan a strategy to bring together like-minded parties. same ideas to take on the Modi government in the 2024 polls. The Nitish-KCR meeting and later KCR meeting with secular leader Lalu Prasad Yadav was seen by high-level political analysts as a milestone in the direction of the achievement of opposition unity for a BJP-Mukt Bharat as stated by KCR at its public meeting Peddapally.

“We must strive to drive the BJP out of power, by all means possible,” KCR reiterated at a press conference in Patna after meeting and in the presence of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. With the 2024 Lok Sabha elections slated for about a year and a half away, the shape that the BJP-Mukt Bharat will take and the formation of the KCR Farmers’ Government Proclamations would certainly be a politically interesting development in the independent history of the India. Let’s wait and watch developments with curiosity.

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