West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and farmer leader Rakesh Tikait met at his office in Kolkata on Wednesday. On this occasion, Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee assured her that she would support the farmers’ movement in every way. He said that we will work together to ensure the financial security of our farmer brothers and sisters.
According to CM Mamta Banerjee’s Facebook, she met farmer leader Rakesh Tikait and other members of Bharatiya Kisan Union along with senior party leader Yashwant Sinha in Nabanna. During this, we discussed other pressing issues along with the stringent farmer laws of the harsh central government across the country. He wrote that “I assured my full support for my beloved farmers. In Bengal, we have already passed a resolution against these laws. Many MPs of All India Trinamool Congress have also been involved in the movement against the farmers and I have personally gone to the farmers, giving them my full support. The current situation hurts me a lot.”
The Chief Minister wrote, “The apathy of the Center towards our farmer brothers is responsible for this situation. As I have said earlier, the rights of farmers cannot be compromised in any way and we will fight every battle together to uproot the Bharatiya Janata Party with their insensitive, wrong policies. We will work together to ensure the safety of our farmer brothers and sisters.”
Banerjee said, “From the health sector to farmers and industries, the BJP rule has been disastrous for all sectors. We are facing both natural and political calamities.” The Chief Minister said that the farmers’ leaders have requested him to talk to the leaders of other states on the issues of farmers and organize dialogues with farmers’ organizations.
BKU general secretary Yudhveer Singh told PTI, “We would like to thank Mamata Banerjee for her election victory and seek her support for the move to get farmers proper MSP for their crops.” Singh said he wanted to demand Banerjee to fix the MSP for fruits, vegetables, and milk products in West Bengal as it would “act like a model” in other places. Tikait and other farmer leaders have been protesting at the borders of Delhi for the past one year against three laws passed by Parliament. They believe that these laws will lead to the marketization of agriculture and also will not provide adequate protection to small farmers from exploitation by big retail companies.