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regular-article-logo Wednesday, 19 June 2024

TMC team reaches out to agitating farmers

All five Trinamool MPs — Derek O’Brien, Nadeem ul Haque, Dola Sen, Sagarika Ghose and Saket Gokhale — were from the Rajya Sabha and had been instructed by Mamata to meet the agitating farmers

Anita Joshua New Delhi Published 11.06.24, 06:20 AM
Farmers listen to a leader at the Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border during their 'Delhi Chalo' protest, near Patiala district.

Farmers listen to a leader at the Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border during their 'Delhi Chalo' protest, near Patiala district. PTI photo

A five-member delegation of Trinamool Congress MPs visited the farmers' protest site at Khanauri on the Haryana-Punjab border in Jind on Monday to extend full support to the ongoing agitation as part of the party’s decision to remain pro-active on people’s issues and not rest on the election results.

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee spoke to the farm leaders over the telephone during the delegation's stay at the Khanauri border protest site and expressed solidarity with the agitation that had been going on since early February. The second round of farmers' protest at the Khanauri and Shambhu borders between Haryana and Punjab is in its fifth month now.

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All five Trinamool MPs — Derek O’Brien, Nadeem ul Haque, Dola Sen, Sagarika Ghose and Saket Gokhale — were from the Rajya Sabha and had been instructed by Mamata to meet the agitating farmers.

While speaking with the chief minister over the telephone, Jagjit Singh Dallewal — who heads the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Sidhupur) group and is one of the main leaders of this agitation — said he had been planning to reach out to her with their demands that included a legal guarantee for the minimum support price.

Extending full support to their agitation, Mamata encouraged the farmers to continue with their movement and said if needed the party would join them.

While the farmers' agitation has drawn support from Opposition parties, both editions of the prolonged struggle — from November 2020 to December 2021 and this ongoing protest — have been careful not to allow any political party to use their stage.

The Trinamool delegation also visited the spot where 21-year-old Shubhkaran Singh had been killed in police firing on February 21 as the protesting farmers attempted to march towards Delhi.

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