Farmers are protesting against the three agri bills passed by the Modi government in September 2020. BKU leader Rakesh Tikait met West Bengal Chief Minister and Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on June 9
In an attempt to garner support for the farmers’ protest, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait met West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday and told her that the ‘the present Opposition is weak in the country’.
Tikait said that he met the Bengal CM and told her that the Opposition in the country is weak. “We (farmers) are sitting on streets, had the Opposition been strong we need not have done that. Opposition should be strong,” the BKU leader told Banerjee.
The farmer union leader met Banerjee to congratulate on her party’s impressive win against BJP in the West Bengal elections and also make an appeal to her to join the farmers’ agitation which has been going on at the Delhi borders against the Modi government since the last week of November 2020.
Farmers are protesting against the 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 the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Three agri laws were passed during the Monsoon session of Parliament in September 2020. Notably, Banerjee had earlier sent some Trinamool MPs to the protest sites at the Delhi border to express solidarity with the agitating peasants.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha is spearheading the protests against the three farm laws and BKU is part of the union.