West Bengal Meeting polls | Farmer leaders, civil rights activists marketing campaign towards BJP

Ask the BJP leaders to withdraw the three farm bills, say Rakesh Tikait and Medha Patkar.

Secular and peasant voices in West Bengal should not be divided, said Samyukt leader Kisan Morcha and civil rights activists, who have been fighting in the state for three days, on Sunday. Rakesh Tikait from the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) and the social activist Medha Patkar fought in Nandigram, Singur and Kolkata, calling on people not to vote for the BJP.

“In Delhi, the government doesn’t speak to us. In Bengal the same people go door to door asking for votes. What we are telling the people and farmers is to urge the BJP leaders to withdraw the three bills and come up with a law guaranteeing the minimum support price, ”Rajesh Tikait, who protested in Nandigram and Kolkata, told The Hindu. Regarding the BJP’s farmers program, in which party leaders visit farm households and collect a handful of grain, Tikait said, “Those who collect food should ensure a minimum support price for them.”

With that in mind, social activist Medha Patkar, who was in Singur on Sunday and Nandigram on Saturday, said that both places have a glorious history of people’s anti-business movement.

“In Singur and Nandigram, people opposed the interests of companies and fought to protect their country. After that, all secular parties joined the movement against land acquisition, ”said Ms. Patkar, who spoke to a Kisan Mahapanchayat in Singur on Sunday. She said even the left-wing parties whose governments had pushed for the acquisition of compulsory land supported the law against the acquisition of compulsory land. She also drew a parallel between the struggle in Singur and Nandigram and the peasant protests in Delhi.

Both Ms. Patkar and Mr. Tikait said the goal of their campaign was to dissuade people from voting for the BJP. Mr. Tikait said the Morcha don’t mind if people vote for “Mamataji and Left or Congress”. Interestingly, the left-wing parties, especially those who are part of the Left Front, have distanced themselves from the movement.

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