New Delhi: Indian Farmers Union (Bhakiu) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait waited with the workers for West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, but Mamata did not reach the venue to meet the alleged farmers and left for West Bengal after finishing her visit to Delhi. Delhi Police officials remained on alert since morning following reports that CM Mamata Banerjee had reached the UP gate. The local intelligence unit team, bomb squad, and dog squad were keeping an eye on the movement site. However, the authorities breathed a sigh of relief after Mamata's visit was canceled.
It is not clear what was the reason behind Mamata Banerjee's non-arrival at the venue of the agitation, but this has disappointed Rakesh Tikait. When questioned about this, Rakesh Tikait said that he had no information about the arrival of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. When Mamata Banerjee did not meet Rakesh Tikait, in his explanation, he said that he had received information from the press about her visit. There was no invitation from her. Mamata Banerjee was reportedly not willing to meet farmer leaders nor did she have any such plan in her program.
A large number of farmers are agitating at UP gate over their demand. Leaders of several opposition parties have also extended their support to the farmers' movement. Mamata Banerjee had been on a stay in Delhi for the past five days and was trying to form a front against the BJP by meeting leaders of opposition parties. There was talk that Mamata may reach UP Gate on Friday (July 30, 2021) and meet Bhakiu leader Rakesh Tikait. As soon as the administrative authorities came to know about Mamata Banerjee's arrival at the UP Gate border, several security agencies were alerted at the border. However, Mamata Banerjee returned to West Bengal without meeting the farmers.