As India’s COVID wave surges, BKU spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said that if he gets a ‘guarantee’ that the pandemic will end if farmers’ protest is named off, he will do so. Tikait said that farmers were helping the state by allowing oxygen tankers to maneuver towards Delhi by clearing one side of the highway. Stating that farmers were also able to get tested for COVID if the Haryana govt decides to try to to so, he said that farmers were able to hold talks with the Centre on the Farm laws.After completing a peaceful ‘Chakka Jam’ across India except in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Tikait and other BKU leaders toured poll-bound Assam, Bengal, Tamil Nadu , Kerala and Puducherry seeking farmers’ support against the Centre’s Farm Laws, urging them to not vote for BJP. Moreover, after the violence witnessed on Republic Day, Delhi police fortified the town borders by cementing nails near barricades, deploying additional troops, adding barbed wires etc at Ghazipur (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh) and Tikri (Delhi-Haryana) borders, blocking access to the roads completely. MHA had snapped off internet across all three border areas – Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur and later extended the ban to 1-2 days more. Farmers have reiterated ‘No Ghar Wapsi till Law Wapsi’, because the 3-month protests have caught several international celebrities’ interest online. The SC-appointed panel has submitted its report back to the apex court after holding several rounds of talks with many farmer unions, trade unions, manufacturers, food processing units etc.