Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait hit back at a statement by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Haryana’s Sonepat district on Monday, saying that governments change when people gather. In fact, Agriculture Minister Tomar had said that laws would not be canceled only because of the gathering of the crowd. Indian Farmers Union (BKU) leader Tikait warned that if the three new agricultural laws were not repealed, it would be difficult for the government to remain in power. He is holding a farmers mahapanchayat in Haryana this month.
Rakesh Tikait at the Kisan Mahapanchayat in the Grain Mandi of Kharkhauda in Sonipat district said that the Kisan Kisan agitation will continue till the agricultural laws are withdrawn. Union Agriculture Minister Tomar said on Sunday in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, that the central government is ready to talk to the farmers who are protesting against the new agricultural laws, but the laws will not be canceled merely because of the crowd. He urged the farmers associations to tell the governments which provision in these new laws they find anti-farmer.
In retaliation, Rakesh Tikait said in the mahapanchayat, ‘Politicians are saying that agricultural laws cannot be withdrawn by gathering crowds. Whereas they should know that the crowd has the power to change the power. It is a different matter that the farmers have just talked about withdrawing the agricultural law, not the withdrawal of power.
Tikait said, “They (the government) should know that if the farmer can destroy his produce, then you are nothing in front of him.” He said, ‘There are many questions. It is not just agricultural legislation, but electricity (amendment) bill, seed bill… what kind of laws do they want to bring? From November 28 last year, farmers have been protesting against the demand for repeal of three agricultural laws on different boundaries of Delhi. Most of them are farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.