Jaipur, March 24: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) president Rakesh Tikait warned that farmers, protesting against the Central farm laws, may have to go to the national capital again and break barricades. Tikait, while addressing a public meeting in Jaipur on Tuesday (March 23), added that attempts to divide farmers on caste or religion will not affect the unity among farmers, ahead of Bharat bandh. Farmer bodies have called for a country-wide Bharat bandh on March 26.
“They (Centre) has tried to divide us on the lines of caste and religion but they were unsuccessful. You would need to go to Delhi when asked and have to breach barricades again,” Tikait said while addressing a gathering in Jaipur.
Earlier on Sunday (March 21), Tikait had appealed and suggested to the farmers in Karnataka that they should organise a protest in the state, similar to the protest held at Delhi’s borders. He said that Karnataka farmers should also surround the state capitals from all sides and fight till the three ‘black’ farm laws are repealed.
“This fight will go on for a long. We need to start such protest in every city until these three black laws are taken back and the law on MSP is not brought. You need to run a protest in Karnataka,” the BKU leader had said while addressing a farmers’ meeting in Shivamogga.
BKU chief on Tuesday (March 23) while addressing a public meeting in Jaipur, Rajasthan, hit out at the Centre and said that farmers will sell their produce in Parliament.
“PM Modi said farmers can sell crops anywhere. We will prove it by selling at State Assemblies, Collectors’ offices and the Parliament. No mandi can be better than Parliament,” he said.
Farmers’ Protest and January 26 Violence
Farmer bodies and unions have been protesting at the different border of Delhi since November 26, 2020 against the three newly enacted farm laws — Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Visuals from January 26 show the clash between the protesting farmers and Delhi Police, in which a group of protestors broke barricades at ITO and stormed into Red Fort where they unfurled the Nisan Sahib flag on an empty flagpole. The clashes left more than 300 policemen injured and a farmer dead, and since have been a bone of contention between the Centre and farmers who have been demanding repealing of three farm laws.
(with inputs from ANI)