Farmers agitating against Central farm rules will not be split, said Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) president Rakesh Tikait on Tuesday, ahead of the Bharat Bandh. Farmers may have to return to the national capital and breach barricades again. “They (the Centre) tried, but failed, to divide us along caste and religious lines. When asked, you’ll have to travel to Delhi and breach barricades once more “Tikait said this while speaking to a crowd in Jaipur.
He slammed the federal government, saying: “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.”
Tikait had proposed earlier on Sunday, during the protest at Delhi’s borders, that farmers in Karnataka organise a protest similar to the one in Delhi and ‘gherao’ (surround) Bengaluru from all sides.
“This fight will go on for a long. We need to start such protests 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.
Farmers have been protesting at Delhi’s various borders since November last year in protest of three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.