The farmer unions’ occasions in West Bengal got here amid an already-volatile political environment, with the BJP and TMC working high-octane campaigns to safe energy within the state
Farmers, whose protracted agitation on Delhi borders towards the three farms legal guidelines have to date been futile, have now turned their concentrate on hurting the Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling get together on the Centre, the place it issues essentially the most: by undermining the get together within the pitched battle for West Bengal.
Farmer chief and Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Rakesh Tikait, a kind of spearheading the about four-month-old farmers’ stir, reached the state throughout the day to be a part of a number of anti-BJP Mahapanchayats, together with one in the important thing battlefield of Nandigram.
Tikait’s outfit has to date denied being related to any political get together, however the message and focus of the marketing campaign had been clear as he roared in Bengal: “Don’t Vote for BJP.”
BJP get together of cheats
Alleging that the BJP-led authorities on the Centre is intent on breaking the spine of the farmers and their motion, Tikait mentioned it’s “anti-people”.
“Don’t vote for BJP. If voted to power they will give away your land to big corporates and industries and make you landless. They will hand over the country to big industrialist groups putting your livelihood at stake and in danger,” he mentioned.
Tikait additionally mentioned that the present dispensation was led by an organization and never a political get together: “If a political party were in power, they would certainly have engaged with (the) farmers and reached a resolution.”
Drawing on the moniker ‘firm’, he additionally in contrast the BJP to the British East India Company which dominated India earlier than Independence.
“One company had once ruled Bengal. Do not let this second ‘company’ take roots in this land,” Tikait advised the rally in Nandigram.
“When they come asking for votes, you ask for a law on MSP first,” Tikait advised the gathering.
Calling BJP “a party of cheats” which hides its sympathy for the wealthy, Tikait mentioned, “We will be on the side of those who oppose BJP, those who will stand by the farmers and the poor.”
Referring to Nandigram, he mentioned, the land of farmers’ agitation will give a brand new path to the motion towards the farm payments. On the continued farmers’ stir in Delhi, he mentioned the protesters are able to proceed their agitation for an extended interval as their morale is excessive.
Tikait can also be anticipated to go to Singur, one of many epicentres of anti-farm land acquisition agitation in 2006-07. He, nevertheless, mentioned he was not in Bengal to hunt votes for any get together.
The politics of apolitical assist
Clarifying that the Krishak Mahapanchayat in Bengal is not meant to pledge assist to any specific non-BJP get together in the state, the Bharatiya Kisan Union chief mentioned, “I am not here to seek votes for a particular party. We are here to issue an emphatic appeal to start the battle against BJP on behalf of the farmers in Bengal.”
He was quoted by India Today as saying, “We are not going there to ask for votes, but if someone in Bengal or local media will ask us which way the voters should go then we are going to tell them that do not support BJP. Apart from BJP they can vote for any party of their choice.”
However, the optics of his go to had been tilted closely in favour of All India Trinamool Congress, the ruling get together in West Bengal.
Tikait, who was obtained on the airport by TMC MP Dola Sen, later went to fulfill other party leaders at Kolkata’s Mayo Road.
He additionally accused the BJP of injuring Mamata’s leg and attacked BJP candidate from Nandigram and TMC turncoat Suvendu Adhikari for altering sides proper earlier than elections, in accordance with India Today.
“Don’t give your vote to a bhagoda (turncoat) who was responsible for the accident and injury of a woman,” Tikait was quoted as saying.
Tikait mentioned that Mamata is combating a lone battle within the state like her to Rani Lakshmi Bai, an iconic determine from the First Struggle for Independence that passed off in 1857.
“In a country where the government is claiming to have big schemes on women empowerment, such kind of attacks should be condemned. The whole country is pained due to the attack on Didi,” he mentioned.
Additionally, farmer leaders are making ready for a tractor rally by West Bengal on 5 April. “Modi will travel in a helicopter, we will follow him in tractors,” Tikait was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
He additionally apparently repeated chants of Khela Hobe, a TMC clarion name to problem opponent BJP on the electoral battlefield.
The farmer unions’ occasions got here amid an already-volatile political environment, with the BJP and TMC working high-octane campaigns to safe energy within the state. While the saffron get together is bolstered by the good points made within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and a stream of prime TMC leaders both already joined, or, extra searching for to affix it, the TMC has tried to form the narrative to point out Mamata as “Bengal’s own daughter” and the BJP as “outsiders”.
Tikait and Yudhvir Singh additionally attended the mahapanchayats in Kolkata’s Bhowanipore, and in Nandigram on Saturday.
Similar occasions will probably be held in Singur and Asansol on Sunday, PTI reported. Nandigram and Singur are synonymous with anti-land acquisition actions that catapulted the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC to power in 2007.
Banerjee is contesting from the Nandigram seat in Purba Medinipur district, the place she’s going to face her former aide and current BJP chief Suvendu Adhikari.
Electoral defeat will ‘pressure’ BJP to repeal farm legal guidelines, says SKM
Meanwhile, the SKM issued an announcement urging West Bengal farmers to face towards the saffron get together, saying that electoral defeat will pressure the BJP-led authorities on the Centre to repeal the three farm legal guidelines. The BJP must be “taught a lesson”, they added.
“We have been on Delhi’s borders for 105 days and protested against the three laws in Punjab before that. Now, we are coming to you,” mentioned the Punjab farm chief Balbir Singh Rajewal.
“Farmers are challenging the powers-that-be in the only way that they understand. We are not here to directly intervene in the elections. We don’t have any candidate. We have not formed any political party. We are not supporting any party. We are only saying, please teach the BJP a lesson,” Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
“In order to open the ears of the government to the demands of the agitating farmers, there is a need to hurt them in the elections,” he mentioned.
Social activist Medha Patkar, who additionally shared a stage with Tikait in West Bengal, accused the BJP of making an attempt to “sell the country” to some corporates. She additionally urged individuals to train their franchise cautiously.
Condemning the Centre for “insulting” the farmers’ stir, Patkar mentioned even the British occupiers had not resorted to acts which the current authorities is indulged in. She additionally hailed the passage of a decision towards the farm legal guidelines within the West Bengal Assembly.
Patkar additionally alleged that the corporates are donating enormous quantities to the BJP within the type of electoral bonds. “The farmers cannot afford to give such donations and so their voices are not heard,” she mentioned.
With inputs from PTI
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