Rakesh has reached Gujarat to garner support for the Tikait movement and began his two-day tour of the state on Sunday with prayers at the Maa Ambaji temple in Banaskantha district.
Indian Farmers Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait. (File Photo)
Indian Farmers Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday dismissed claims that the farmers had left the protest venue on the Delhi border. Tikait said that the farmers have gone to work in the fields and they will return when the central government is freed from the West Bengal elections. Farmers have been camping on Delhi’s borders since November last year against the Centre’s agrarian reform laws. These farmers are mainly farmers of Punjab, Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The protesting farmers are demanding the cancellation of the three laws along with the legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) for their produce.
Rakesh has reached Gujarat to garner support for the Tikait movement and began his two-day tour of the state on Sunday with prayers at the Maa Ambaji temple in Banaskantha district. Tikait then addressed groups in Ambaji and Palanpur. He said in a meeting that the laws were made to help the traders and not to help the farmers. He said that the farmers have decided not to withdraw from the protest sites when they do not win and this will happen when all their demands will be accepted.
He said that all those reports are wrong that the farmers have left the movement sites. Farmers come and go. Currently he has gone to work in his fields. We have told them that they should come back after the government (West) Bengal is free from elections. The entire government is camping in Bengal. Once the government returns, we will start a dialogue with it.
Tractor farmers tank
He said that the farmers of Gujarat should also participate in a large number of protests so that the country believes that the farmers of that state are also against the new laws from which the big leaders come. His reference was indirectly to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Tikait advised the farmers of Gujarat to use tractors for the protests, saying that these vehicles are farmers’ tanks and they were put to good use to remove police barricades in Delhi.
Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankar Singh Vaghela was with Tikait at a rally in Palanpur with Ambaji. At the same time, before this, Congress MLA Gainiben Thakore welcomed the BKU leader when he entered the state during the day. When Tikait was asked if he had brought the Kovid-19 negative report, which is mandatory to keep in Gujarat, he replied yes and said that I have all the documents. This is my passport, if it is needed to enter Gujarat. Tikait will visit Sabarmati Ashram on Monday and will visit Bardoli on the second day of his tour of Gujarat.
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