Jai Kisan Andolan, an all India farmers organisation spread over 12 States is organising 3 Mega Rallies of farmers in West Bengal, which have been named ‘Jai Kisan Mahapanchayat’. The first Mahapanchayat has already been held at Kultali Block of South 24 Parganas District on 16th November, the second one shall be held at Pandua Block of Hooghly District on 17th November and the third one will be held at Goalpokhar-I Block of Uttar Dinajpur District on 18th November. National farmer leader Yogendra Yadav, who is the founder of Jai Kisan Andolan, shall be present in all the Jai Kisan Mahapanchayats and shall address farmers. Jai Kisan Andolan’s National President Avik Saha, National Vice-President Deepak Lamba and West Bengal President Prabir Mishra shall also be present. Senior leaders of Jai Kisan Andolan from 11 States namely Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi Dehat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab shall attend the Mahapanchayats.

The Mahapanchayats shall highlights to the farmers of West Bengal the status of the farmers movement at the borders of Delhi and apprise them about the upcoming programs of struggle. In addition, burning issues of farmers of West Bengal like demand for State law to guarantee MSP for local crops such as vegetables and fruits and ensuring that all farmers receive MSP for paddy during the current procurement season shall also be highlighted.

Yogendra Yadav said: There is a notion that farmers movement has not spread to eastern India. Jai Kisan Andolan is holding these mega rallies at three different remote locations in West Bengal to dispel this notion. Jai Kisan Andolan calls upon farmers of Bengal to join the all India movement of farmers to demand repeal the three black laws brought in by the Modi Govt to destroy the present and future of farmers and law for guarantee MSP for crops. Bengal farmers shall play a very important role in the the all India Farmers’ Movement.

Avik Saha said: Farmers of Bengal have been at the forefront of of many movements for rights and liberties in this country including the freedom movement. Farmers of Bengal are in as precarious a position as rest of the farmers of India. Hence farmers movement needs to be spread to every village in Bengal and that is what Jai Kisan Andolan is doing through these Mahapanchayats.

Deepak Lamba said: Farmers movement is strong in Punjab & Haryana and we want to see it equally strong in West Bengal. Jai Kisan Andolan will give full focus and strength to build up the movement in Bengal.

Prabir Mishra said: Jai Kisan Andolan West Bengal has already formed village level units in 500 villages of 8 districts and is growing from strength to strength. The Mahapanchayat are being organised on the basis of that strength and ground level support of farmers.

It may be kept in mind that Jai Kisan Andolan is one of the founder members of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee and Samyukt Kisan Morcha and has been fighting for the cause of farmers since 2015 through numerous Yatras, Rallies, Protests and other on-ground action.

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