Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

MAMATA ASSURES SUPPORT TO FARMERS’ PROTEST AFTER TIKAIT MEET

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KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday assured farmer leaders support to their agitation against the new agricultur­e laws after Rakesh Tikait and Yudhvir Singh met her to deliberate on issues involving agricultur­e, health, education and the local farmers.

At a meeting with the farmer leaders here during the day, the Trinamool Congress chief said that there should be a platform where states could converse on policy issues.

“Bulldozing states is not good for the federal structure,” she said. Banerjee’s support for the north India-based farmers’ unions comes within days of the Trinamool Congress announcing that the party would spread its footprints outside West Bengal’s geographic­al boundaries.

The Bhartiya Kisan Union led by Tikait and Singh had supported the “No vote for BJP” campaign ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections.

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