As a part of the No Vote To BJP campaign the agitating farmers’ bodies on Saturday (March 13) organised Kisan Mahapanchayat in Nandigram and appealed to the electorate to vote against the Bharatiya Janata Party.
A farmers’ delegation was warmly greeted at the airport in Kolkata on Friday. They later addressed a Press conference and held a road show in West Bengal’s capital. They also held several corner meetings in Kolkata on Friday. They are scheduled to travel to other places in Purbi Midnapore and West Bardhaman districts.
They highlighted as to how anti-farmers and how anti-Constitution the three farm laws are.
The speakers tried to convince the local farmers about the detrimental impact of the three recently-enacted farm laws.
The BJP has put up Suvendhu Adhikari as its candidate against the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram.
The farmers are travelling to all the four poll-bound states and Union Territory with the sole purpose of ensuring the defeat of the BJP.
Meanwhile, Rakesh Tikait landed at Kolkata airport early on Saturday where he was received by Trinamool Congress MP Dola Sen. He then left for Nandigram to hold a Kisan Mahapanchayat.
He also called upon people to vote against the Bharatiya Janata Party which, according to him, is destroying the agriculture sector and looting the nation.
Independent analysts are of the view that the decision of farmers’ unions to campaign against the BJP will certainly have an impact in politically conscious West Bengal. In fact, Nandigram and Singur shot into fame in 2006-08 because of the farmers’ movement against the land acquisition policy of the then Left Front government. It was these movements which then led by Mamata Banerjee brought down the 34-year old Left Front rule.