New Delhi17 minutes agoAuthor: Sandhya Dwivedi
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Till now, the farmers’ movement, which has been fueled by non-political demonstrations, has started getting political color. In the Bengal assembly elections, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait has already campaigned against the BJP. Now he will campaign against BJP in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections also. Along with this, he will also prepare a political platform for Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the farmers’ dharna site, where the dharna is going on for the last 7 months.
Both the leaders have assured to support each other. All this discussion happened during the meeting between the two in Kolkata on 9 June. In this Didi made it clear that we will raise the issue of farmers in Parliament and Tikait said that farmers will campaign against BJP in every district of UP. Today read The inside story of this important meeting…
Mamta’s spirits are high after the victory in Bengal. Now she is working on a plan to establish a foothold in other states as well. There are assembly elections in 5 states next year. The biggest bet will be played in Uttar Pradesh and Mamta has also started preparations for this. Trinamool’s priority here is Dalit, Backward, Women and Farmers.
Mamta-Tikait meeting schedule kept secret
Keeping her priority in mind, Mamta met farmer leader Tikait. Sources told Bhaskar that Mamta had sent an invitation to Rakesh Tikait through a local farmers’ organization to visit Bengal. The schedule of this meeting was kept so secret that even the Bharatiya Kisan Union did not make any statement about it in advance. Actually, Didi’s message was that the news should not be spread before the meeting.
How strong the Kisan force will be against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh can be gauged from the leaders involved in the meeting with Mamta. Local farmers’ organization West Bengal, Tejinder Singh Bal, Convener of Farmers Coordination Committee, Rakesh Tikait, President of Bharatiya Kisan Union, Yudhveer Singh, farmer leader of Bharatiya Kisan Union were present in this meeting. However, Tejinder said that this meeting was not organized by Didi, but by our organization.
A separate platform will be built for Mamta at the protest site
Rakesh Tikait has given his consent to prepare the farmer movement which was being called non-political till now, as Mamta’s political platform. Tejinder Singh, who was present in the meeting, told Bhaskar that Mamta’s platform would be different from the one made for farmers’ leaders.
Apart from this, Mamta Banerjee is also talking to non-BJP ministers. A decision will be taken on preparing Mamta’s political platform only after the situation of Corona in Delhi gets better. But if this does not reduce, then a virtual platform will be ready for Mamta Banerjee.
Sources said that the talks between Tikait and Mamta lasted for about an hour. In this, Mamta talked about campaigning against the BJP in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections from Tikait. He also thanked Tikait for campaigning against the BJP in Bengal and also spoke of supporting the farmers’ movement from Parliament to the road.
Tikait also said that he will play his role in the UP elections. However, Tikait did not meet Didi as the leader of the United Kisan Morcha formed for the farmers’ movement. He met this as a leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union.
Plan made for UP
Mamta trying to harm Mayawati
According to sources, the Trinamool Congress is in touch with several leaders of the Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh. Satish Chandra Mishra, a very close friend of Mayawati, is also included in this. It is not yet clear whether the Trinamool is on the lookout for its ally or will contest the elections alone.
A top Trinamool leader says that our first priority is to establish roots in these states. We feel that by contesting elections with an ally, we can challenge the ruling party. There will be no objection to the alliance at all.
Some disgruntled farmers of the United Kisan Morcha, on the condition of anonymity, said that during the elections in Bengal, the campaign of Tikait against the BJP was also done on the invitation of Didi. The tussle between the farmers’ organizations also started from here. Some farmer organizations said that we should not do politics. Stay away from election campaign.