New Delhi: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait is scheduled to meet West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at 3 PM on Wednesday in Kolkata. Tikait will likely discuss the strategy to further intensify the ongoing farmers’ protest against the new central farm laws, according to ANI sources.
“I will meet her around 3 PM today. We will talk about agriculture, health, education and the local farmers, ” Rakesh Tikait, chief of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) said ahead of his meeting with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee today in Kolkata.
This will be his first visit to West Bengal after Mamata Banerjee won the state assembly elections. Tikait had visited West Bengal before and campaigned for Trinamool Congress (TMC).
“The government should have open talks with the farmers of Bengal, over policy. In UP, meetings are held every month with the DC. DMs and officers of every department come there. This policy should be implemented in all states,” Tikait added on the issue of repealing farm laws.
On Monday, Tikait had announced that farmers, who have been agitating in Tohana (Haryana) over the arrest of two farmers, will now head back to the national capital to continue their protest against the Centre’s farm laws.
Farmer unions had called off the statewide gherao of police stations in Haryana after the state government released the two arrested farmers on Monday.
Farmers Ravi Azad and Vikas Sisar were released from Hisar Jail in the early hours of Monday. The duo was arrested for gheraoing local Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) MLA Devender Sigh Babli’s residence on June 1.
A large number of farmers led by farmer leaders Rakesh Tikait, Gurnam Singh Chaduni and United Kisan Morcha leader Yogendra staged a dharna in front of Tohana Sadar police station in Fatehabad district of Haryana, demanding the release of arrested farmers. At the borders of Delhi, farmers have been protesting against for the last six months against the centre’s farm laws. The protest began on November 26, 2020.
(With inputs from ANI)