The government shouldn’t treat the continued farmers’ agitation like last year’s protest in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said. He also asserted that the protesters will only head home after the new farm laws are repealed.
“Farmers won’t return home till these laws are repealed. They talk about coronavirus but we’ve told the govt that they ought to not treat this stir like Shaheen Bagh. This agitation won’t end. we’ll follow the coronavirus guidelines and this agitation will continue till our demands are met,” he said.
He added the protesting farmers will follow all Covid-19 protocols and if need be, continue their agitation till 2023.
Shaheen Bagh had emerged because the epicentre of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)protests last year as hundreds took part during a months-long sit-in that began in December 2019. The Delhi Police cleared the protest site on March 24, 2020, each day before a nationwide lockdown was enforced in sight of the coronavirus outbreak.
Tikait said the Centre’s farm laws will only spell losses for farmers.
In response to an issue , he said, “Even if we’ve to continue the protest till 2023, we are prepared. Till the time these laws aren’t repealed and a law isn’t framed on MSP, farmers won’t return home.”
Tikait reiterated that the farmers are able to ask the govt .
“Whenever the govt has time, we are able to talk. we’ll await their call,” he said.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh , are camping at three border points of Delhi — Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur — demanding a repeal of the three farm laws enacted by the Centre in September last year.
The Centre says the new farm laws will free farmers from middlemen, giving them more options to sell their crops.
The protesting farmers, however, say the laws will weaken the minimum support price (MSP) system and leave them at the mercy of massive corporates.