NEW DELHI: It may not be quite clear how much the protests by farmers impacted the assembly polls, but the outcome will certainly boost protesters to take forward the agitation against the central farm laws.
Though the farmers’ agitation has been primarily centred in Punjab, Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh and parts of Rajasthan, the farm union leaders had held several protest meetings in poll-bound states Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) had held a maximum number of public meetings in West Bengal, with a call to the people to defeat BJP.
Since the Left-linked All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) is one of the key constituents of the Morcha, farmers leaders tactically aligned themselves to support and campaign for non-BJP political parties. “Impact of farmers’ protest in West Bengal election result is visible. The rural areas have voted against BJP,” said Avik Saha of Jai Kisan Andolan while flagging the results.
Morcha leaders may try to use the template in the 2022 assembly polls in key agrarian states—Uttar Pradesh and Punjab—if the stir continues. The government on its part may try to find some way out.
“BJP’s defeat in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal underlines the people’s anger against the farm laws and labour codes,” said P Krishnaprasad of AIKS.
Citing re-election of LDF in Kerala, he said, “The farmers’ struggle has influenced this victory decisively and that will help the Left and democratic forces to intensify the farmers’ and workers’ struggles at all-India level.”