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Voters queue up to cast their vote at Colaba on Monday.(HT Photo)

Highlights of Maharashtra Assembly elections 2019

Hindustan Times | By Shailesh Gaikwad, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2019 12:31 AM IST
There are certain aspects of this election that were noticeable during the past month
The floods and delayed rainfall this year are unlikely to help the crop.(HT image)
The floods and delayed rainfall this year are unlikely to help the crop.(HT image)

BJP confident farm crisis won’t dent prospects in Maharashtra assembly poll

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Surendra Gangan
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 05:48 AM IST
In its 2014 assembly election manifesto, the BJP had promised to reach double digit agricultural growth.
The DMK-led alliance, which included the Congress, has won 37 out of 38 seats which went to polls.(HT Photo)
The DMK-led alliance, which included the Congress, has won 37 out of 38 seats which went to polls.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha election results 2019: DMK shines in south as MK Stalin rises

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 12:59 AM IST
The prominent leaders who won are the Congress’s Karti P Chidambaram, who won the Sivaganga seat and DMK’s Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, who won the Thoothukkudi seat.
Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate the party's victory in the Lok Sabha elections, at party headquarters, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.(Siddharaj Solanki / Hindustan Times)
Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate the party's victory in the Lok Sabha elections, at party headquarters, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.(Siddharaj Solanki / Hindustan Times)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP shakes off Patidar stir in Gujarat, farm crisis to take over home turf

Ahmedabad | By Hiral Dave
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 12:45 AM IST
According to trends on the Election Commission’s website, the BJP was also leading in the Assembly seats of Unjha, Jamnagar Rural, Manavadar and Dhrangadhra, for which bypolls were held along with the Lok Sabha elections.
Khandwa Lok Sabha seat that goes to polls on May 19 is seen as a communally sensitive spot in Madhya Pradesh.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT File Photo)
Khandwa Lok Sabha seat that goes to polls on May 19 is seen as a communally sensitive spot in Madhya Pradesh.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Farm crisis a key issue in Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa

Hindustan Times, Khandwa | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2019 08:08 AM IST
This Lok Sabha seat that goes to polls on May 19 is seen as a communally sensitive spot in Madhya Pradesh.
Kota MP Om Birla is the BJP candidate from the seat in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.(HT FIle Photo)
Kota MP Om Birla is the BJP candidate from the seat in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.(HT FIle Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Farm crisis, factionalism major issues for BJP Kota candidate Om Birla

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Aabshar H Quazi, Kota
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2019 12:27 PM IST
Kota MP Om Birla has focussed on his infrastructure record but BJP factionalism and suicide of 50 farmers in Hadoti may hurt his campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
A farmer working in his paddy field at Bothgarh outskirts of Morinda town on Ludhiana road 30kms from Chandigarh.(HT File Photo)
A farmer working in his paddy field at Bothgarh outskirts of Morinda town on Ludhiana road 30kms from Chandigarh.(HT File Photo)

With rural economy as leading theme of polls, the policy options to address farm crisis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Karthik Muralidharan
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2019 08:29 PM IST
Policy makers and the public need to recognise four key facts about Indian agriculture.
National Akali Dal members shout anti-Pakistan slogans, New Delhi, February 26, 2019(AFP)
National Akali Dal members shout anti-Pakistan slogans, New Delhi, February 26, 2019(AFP)

Balakot: The fallout will be political

Hindustan Times | By Chanakya
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2019 12:58 PM IST
Before Pulwama, the farm crisis and jobs dominated the narrative. It’s likely they will be important in the run-up to the polls, but they will have to share the space with security and the war against terror
Author and UP Sultanpur MP Varun Gandhi.(Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)
Author and UP Sultanpur MP Varun Gandhi.(Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)

Review: A Rural Manifesto by Varun Gandhi

Hindustan Times | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2019 05:57 PM IST
An 825-page volume on India’s rural economy by a member of the Lok Sabha has tried to fill the intellectual vacuum which the legislative and executive arms of the Indian state have left vis-à-vis agriculture in the recent past
New Delhi, Feb 07 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Budget Session in Lok Sabha on Thursday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
New Delhi, Feb 07 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Budget Session in Lok Sabha on Thursday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)

Parliament Highlights| People who looted this country will have to be scared: PM Modi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2019 08:37 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the Parliament today even as the Opposition wants a debate over various issues, including the farm crisis, unemployment and alleged misuse of constitutional bodies.With the Opposition creating an uproar in Parliament repeatedly, chances of passage of key bills in the remaining period of the ongoing budget session, the last before the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, look slim.Follow highlights here:

Admitting “reduced” returns in farming, the government in its interim budget on Friday announced a cash-transfer scheme for small farmers, along with a focus on non-crop sectors within agriculture.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Admitting “reduced” returns in farming, the government in its interim budget on Friday announced a cash-transfer scheme for small farmers, along with a focus on non-crop sectors within agriculture.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

Budget: Cash dole for small farmers, but experts say it may fall short

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2019 05:45 PM IST
Admitting “reduced” returns in farming, the government in its interim budget on Friday announced a cash-transfer scheme for small farmers, along with a focus on non-crop sectors within agriculture.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.(HT Photo)
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.(HT Photo)

Party spirit ahead of polls: ‘Shiv Sena is, will always be big brother in Maha’

Hindustan Times | By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2019 11:35 PM IST
Uddhav discusses elections, drought, farm crisis with MPs; party says no proposal from BJP yet
The Centre has pumped in an additional Rs 6,084 crore in the flagship rural job programme, widely seen as a part of its resource mobilization to spruce up the rural and agricultural sector ahead of the election.(Reuters File Photo)
The Centre has pumped in an additional Rs 6,084 crore in the flagship rural job programme, widely seen as a part of its resource mobilization to spruce up the rural and agricultural sector ahead of the election.(Reuters File Photo)

Centre pumps in over Rs 6000 crore in MGNREGS scheme

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2019 12:14 AM IST
According to insiders, the enhanced allocation in the flagship rural job programme—in the latest supplementary demand for grants—will help the government pour more money in the key rural sector ahead of the election and at a time when a large part of the country is reeling under farm crisis.
A farmer in Kota engaged in the cultivation of Kharif crops.(HT File Photo)
A farmer in Kota engaged in the cultivation of Kharif crops.(HT File Photo)

Procurement worth Rs 30,000 crore failed to lift prices of pulses: Nafed

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2019 07:46 AM IST
Minimum support prices (MSPs) are federally fixed benchmark rates that farmers ought to get to remain profitable. Prices of many pulse varieties have fallen below the minimum support prices.
Short-lived solutions, like farm-loan waivers, can make a bad problem worse, since they don’t address underlying issues.(AFP)
Short-lived solutions, like farm-loan waivers, can make a bad problem worse, since they don’t address underlying issues.(AFP)

Farmers on the edge, but solutions remain elusive

New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2018 08:00 AM IST
What makes it difficult to ignore any persistent farm crisis, such as the current one, is simply that there are just too many people dependent on a farm-based livelihood: nearly half the population.
A protest rally by farmers in New Delhi last month.(Reuters Photo)
A protest rally by farmers in New Delhi last month.(Reuters Photo)

Assembly election results 2018: Farm crisis deals a blow to BJP’s election harvest

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2018 02:07 PM IST
Farm exports grew five times between 2004-05 and 2013-14 (from $8.7 billion to $42.6 billion), ICRIER data show. They fell to $33 billion in 2016-17 due to global factors. In Madhya Pradesh, farmers got up to 22% negative returns on soyabean (2016-2017). Onion growers in Rajasthan sold -21% below cost of production.
Participating farmers in the Kisan Mukti March, in New Delhi, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Farmers from 24 states have joined the protest to press for their demands, including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce.(PTI)
Participating farmers in the Kisan Mukti March, in New Delhi, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Farmers from 24 states have joined the protest to press for their demands, including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce.(PTI)

Why resolving India’s farm crisis is important

Hindustan Times | By Roshan Kishore, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2018 12:23 PM IST
Economic reforms have failed to address the asymmetry between agriculture’s high share in employment and low share in GDP.
Farmers march during a protest rally demanding loan waivers and the transfer of forest lands to villagers who have farmed there for decades, Mumbai, November 22(REUTERS)
Farmers march during a protest rally demanding loan waivers and the transfer of forest lands to villagers who have farmed there for decades, Mumbai, November 22(REUTERS)

The demand for a special Parliament session on the agrarian crisis makes sense

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2018 12:12 PM IST
Political parties should come clear on what they think is the best way to address the farm crisis
The research claims that governments have raised inefficient input subsidies over the years, which, in turn, have virtually turned the tap off for new investment.(AFP file photo)
The research claims that governments have raised inefficient input subsidies over the years, which, in turn, have virtually turned the tap off for new investment.(AFP file photo)

Subsidies may be a hidden culprit in India’s farm crisis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2018 11:33 AM IST
Every Rs 10 lakh invested in farm research pulled 328 people out of poverty; 26 people were helped by the same amount spent on subsidies.
Farmers at NH24 after a day long protest at Ghazipur on the outskirts of New Delhi on Tuesday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Farmers at NH24 after a day long protest at Ghazipur on the outskirts of New Delhi on Tuesday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Protests are politically motivated, farmers used as fodder, says RSS affiliate

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
PUBLISHED ON OCT 02, 2018 11:59 PM IST
BKS, which has in the past been critical of the Centre’s farm policies, is now defending the government against accusations that it has failed to protect the interest of the farmers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Vice Chairman.(PTI File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Vice Chairman.(PTI File Photo)

NITI Aayog calls farmers’ panel formula impractical

UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2018 11:20 PM IST
The Commission set up in 2004 had submitted a report to the then government in 2006 suggesting that the way out of the farm crisis was to provide remunerative prices to the farmer.
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