The farmers protesting against the three Central laws at Delhi borders are also making strategies for the future. They have announced series of Mahapanchayats to be held across the country including poll-bound states as one of the strategies to spread awareness about the protest.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) leader Rakesh Tikait will be visiting West Bengal and attend one of the Mahapanchayats there on March 13, just 14 days ahead of the polls. Polling to 294 Assembly seats will be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29.
Sources said that other farmers’ leaders Dr. Darshan Pal, Yogendra Yadav, Balbir Singh Rajewal, etc. will also attend the Mahanpanchayat on March 12 while Tikait will address it on March 13.
Tikait’s visit to West Bengal holds significance as the SKM recently announced that it will appeal to the people of the poll-bound states to teach a lesson to the BJP against its anti-farmer and anti-poor policies.
The farmers’ movement is not yet an election issue in West Bengal. They are still busy arguing about the legacy of Subhash Chandra Bose and Rabindranath Tagore. Mamta Banerjee in her campaigns is not telling the people of Bengal how BJP is harming farmers.
West Bengal is an agricultural state and it is interesting how Mamta Banerjee the CM of such a state has not attacked the anti-farmer image of PM Modi. It seems that since Modi has become PM there is no national issue. The way Modi-Shah combine has done its propaganda through Godi media and created a web of regional issues it looks like people’s attention towards the national issue is less.