Indian farmer leader, Spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union, Rakesh Tikait will further push for the abolition of the new cultivation laws brought by the Center and the enactment of a law that provides a minimum support price for crops. As part of this, he met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today at 3 PM. He discussed with her issues of agriculture, health, education, and local labour.
Later, Tikait, who told the media that Mamata Banerjee had assured continue to support the farmers’ movement, thanked her. “We want West Bengal to remain a model state and bring more benefits to the farmers,” he said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has assured the movement that farmers’ unions will repeal the new cultivation laws brought by the Center and bring in a central law to guarantee a minimum support price. Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait says Mamata Banerjee has promised to continue supporting the farmers’ movement.
Earlier, he said, “Bengal farmers are not getting the minimum support price. I will talk to the Bengal CM and ask her to write a letter to the Center on behalf of the state government. That will give a better price to the farmers’ products”. However, he said that if Mamata’s government had already written a letter to the Center on the matter, he would ask for another reminder.