Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

Protest to continue, PM attempting to divide farmers: Tikait at Mahapanchayat

Farmers from Punjab and Haryana also attended the Samyukta Kisan Morcha’s mahapanchayat (SKM). 

BKU leader Rakesh Tikait accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of attempting to create a schism among farmers on Monday, reiterating the farmers’ vow to continue their agitation. 

“It took us a year to convince them (the government) that the laws you enacted are bad for farmers, laborers, and others. We spoke in our own language, whereas those in Delhi bungalows spoke in a different dialect… They decided to repeal the law, but they sought to split farmers by claiming that they failed to educate some farmers about the regulations,” Tikait said at a Kisan mahapanchayat in Lucknow, referring to Modi’s apologies when announcing the decision on Friday. 

“The government needs to look into a lot more agricultural issues,” Tikait added, citing the desire for a law guaranteeing a minimum support price (MSP). “Our fight will go on because our concerns go beyond the removal of the three-agriculture legislation. To resolve these challenges, the administration should speak with us. There’s no way we’re leaving. “We’ll have gatherings across the country to raise awareness,” he stated. 

Tikait believes the PM should respond to the MSP proposal that he backed as Gujarat Chief Minister in 2011. He claimed Modi was a member of a committee that recommended to then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that MSP be guaranteed by law. “This committee’s report is kept at the PMO.” A new committee is unnecessary… Tikait said, “You implement your own committee report.” 

He also called for the dismissal of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, whose son was detained in connection with the deaths of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri.

 

Protest to continue, PM attempting to divide farmers: Tikait at Mahapanchayat

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