The political context

Clutching at straws

Print edition : March 01, 2019

The police use tear gas to disperse farmers who were pressing for waiver of farm loans, among other demands, at the New Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in October 2018. Photo: AP

The political context of the announcements in Budget 2019 is the BJP’s defeat in the recent Assembly elections in the Hindi heartland and its urge to recapture lost ground.
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