At the Kisan Mahapanchayat in the Grain Mandi of Kharkhauda in Sonipat district, Tikait said that the Kisan Kisan agitation will continue till the agricultural laws are withdrawn.
Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait hit back at a statement by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Sonepat district of Haryana on Monday and said that when people gather, governments change. Tomar had said that laws will not be canceled only due to the gathering of crowds. Indian Farmers Union (BKU) leader Tikait warned that if the three new agricultural laws were not repealed, it would be difficult for the government to remain in power. He is doing a farmers mahapanchayat in Haryana this month.
At the Kisan Mahapanchayat in the Grain Mandi of Kharkhauda in Sonipat district, Tikait said that the Kisan Kisan agitation will continue till the agricultural laws are withdrawn. Union Agriculture Minister Tomar said on Sunday in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, that the central government is ready to talk to the farmers who are protesting against the new agricultural laws, but the laws will not be canceled only because the crowd is gathering. He urged the farmers unions to tell the governments which provision in these new laws they find anti-farmer.
In retaliation, Tikait said in the mahapanchayat, ‘Politicians are saying that agricultural laws cannot be withdrawn by gathering crowds. Whereas, they should know that the crowd has the power to change power. It is a different matter that the farmers have just talked about withdrawing the agricultural law, not the withdrawal of power.
Demonstration of farmers continues on the borders of Delhi
From November 28 last year, farmers have been protesting against the demand for repeal of three agricultural laws on different boundaries of Delhi. Most of them are farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Tikait said, “They (the government) should know that if the farmer can destroy his produce, then you are nothing in front of him.” He said, ‘There are many questions. It is not just agriculture law, but electricity (amendment) bill, seed bill is…. What kind of laws do they want to bring? ‘
Tikait also criticized the government for the rising prices of petrol and diesel. The farmer leader said, ‘The current movement is not only of the farmer who grows the crop, but also of the one who buys the ration. There is also that small farmer who makes a living from two animals. There is also those laborers, who make a living from the income from the weekly market. ‘
Rakesh Tikait said, ‘These laws will destroy the poor. It is not just one law, many such laws will come. Tikait said that the government will have to negotiate only with the 40-member committee. There have been 11 rounds of talks between the government and the protesting unions but a solution could not be found. The joint Kisan Morcha is being led by the ongoing movement on the borders of Delhi, which includes 40 farmers’ unions. Tikait said, ‘Now farmers will fight on all fronts. They will also do agriculture, keep an eye on agricultural policies and will also agitate. Demanding a law for the minimum support price (MSP), he said, ‘When the MSP is enacted, farmers will be protected. This movement is for him. This is for the rights of farmers.