Nandigram:Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait here on Saturday urged the people to vote against the BJP in West Bengal Assembly polls if they are with the farmers protesting against the new farm laws.
Addressing a Kisan Mahapanchayat here, Mr Tikait said, he was confident that the people of Bengal will listen to him and farmers will get the rightful benefits.
Mr Tikait, who is credited with reviving the protest at the Ghazipur site after the Republic Day violence in Delhi, said he was not seeking votes or campaign for any party. The BKU spokesperson said that he will hold discussions on the election with "distressed farmers" in the state.
He also condemned the alleged attack on West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday.
Mr Tikait said, "Mamata is fighting a lone battle in the state and she is like Rani Lakshmi Bai. In a country where the government is claiming to have big schemes on women empowerment, such kind of attacks should be condemned. The whole country is pained due to the attack on Didi."
Farmers leading the sustained protests against the Centre's farm laws at Delhi's borders have shifted focus to the poll-bound state of West Bengal.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of over 40 farmers' unions, on Friday urged farmers in the state not to vote for the BJP in the upcoming elections.
Several leaders of the SKM are set to participate in rallies and kisan mahapanchayats across the state on Saturday and Sunday.(UNI)