Ahead of the panchayat polls in Uttar Pradesh, farmer union leaders are visiting interiors of the state, seeking support of residents against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The campaigns are being spearheaded by representatives of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU Asli).
The farmer union leaders camped in Sitapur on Tuesday and visited many villages in the district to gain support for their movement against the three new farm bills. The leaders requested the residents not to vote for BJP- supported candidates in the panchayat elections.
Prabal Pratap Shahi, spokesperson of BKU (Asli) said: “We will leave no stone unturned in the movement against the farm bills. The government must understand that farmers are India’s backbone. We are camping in different areas of the state and urging residents not to vote candidates supported by the BJP till they meet our demands.”
Many farmer unions have been staging a protest at Delhi’s borders -- Ghazipur, Tikri and Singhu -- since the last four months against the three new farm bills. They are seeking a written guarantee from the government on minimum support price (MSP).
Earlier, a farmer leader Rakesh Tikait had also visited West Bengal and other states, where elections are scheduled, to urge people to not vote for BJP.
Gurupal Singh, member of BKU (Asli) and Uttar Pradesh Sikh Sangathan said: “Our demand is very clear. We don’t want any politics over this. All of our efforts are non-political. We want to pressurise the government through this. We have got massive support and as soon as the government realises their mistake and meets our demand, we will end this stir and any other campaigns against the BJP.”
The Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections are to be help in four phases. Voting for the first phase began on Thursday morning. The Uttar Pradesh panchayat election is being held at four levels — gram panchayat, gram pradhan, block panchayat and zila panchayat.