Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait is predicted to satisfy West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Wednesday. Tikait will discuss the strategy to further intensify the continued farmers’ protest against the new central farm laws. The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader also will congratulate Banerjee for her party Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) win in West Bengal Assembly elections. He had visited Bengal before the elections and campaigned for TMC.He visited Nandigram, from where Banerjee was pitted against her protege-turned-adversary Suvendu Adhikari, and urged the locals to ditch Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and vote for the TMC. Adhikari was the BJP candidate from Nandigram and defeated Banerjee.
Tikait has been leading the protest against the Centre’s farm laws, demanding that the three acts be withdrawn. Various farmer groups have claimed that the Union government is paving the way for giant companies to return to India which might ultimately sound the death-knell for little farmers and fishermen.Tikait, along side many protesters, has been camping near capital Delhi since November last year protesting against the farm laws. the increase within the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases impacted the farmers’ stir, but with things improving, the protesters want to accentuate their movement.
Banerjee has been vocal against the new farm laws and gave her support to the farmers’ protest. Several leaders of her party visited the Delhi borders to point out solidarity with the protesting farmers.
Despite several rounds of talks between the Centre and therefore the farmer leaders last year, the deadlock remains.
Farmers are protesting on the various borders of the capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and therefore the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.