It is not the first time that farmers are expressing discontent against the BJP ahead of an election. They have done so in 2016 after demonetisation in the run-up to the 2017 assembly polls, and before the 2019 Lok Sabha election too. In these two elections, the BJP won 37 seats and 27 assembly segments respectively in western UP, arguably with some support from farmers.
Three reasons why ongoing farmers’ stir will not affect BJP’s prospects in 2022 UP polls
By Gilles Verniers