New Delhi: In response to Centre’s spikes and nails, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait along with other demonstrators on Friday planted flowers at the Ghazipur border farmer protest site, between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, which has been turned into a war-zone by Central government.
A video of the leader of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Rakesh Tikait went viral where he was seen with a shovel in his hand, plowing the soil covering the nails, fixed by government on roads to prevent the protesting farmers’ from entering the national capital, to plant flowers at that place.
While talking to reporters, Tikait stated that they will sow flowers where the government fixed nails. “We will grow flowers in response to where the government planted spikes at the Ghazipur border site to stop the farmers,” he said.
The road which was fortified with barb wires, barricades, nails fixed into the ground till yesterday, witnessed a non-violent way of protest as a truck unloaded a mound of soil near the barricades, the other brought flowers and Tikait took a spade and got down to work and planted the seed of harmony and peace.
Tikait’s got recognition after a video of his went viral where he was seen breaking down when police had issued an ultimatum to remove the agitators from Delhi borders. This surely impacted the protest in a positive way after which number demonstrators started to swell at all the protesting sites.
Recently, the BKU leader had also announced a nationwide “chakka jam” or road blockade in support of the farmers’ agitation. In view of sugarcane harvesting and the non-stop protest of Uttar Pradesh farmers, since November-end, he also announced, after a meeting that farmers of UP would “take a break” and would not participate in the three-hour “chakka jam”.
Tikait is trying every bit to make their demands fulfilled, from urging the protestors not to use foul language to his take to change the optics by planting flowers alongside the heavy barricading at Ghazipur, conveying a thoughtful message.
To note, the place where the flowers have been planted is the same sopt where there were spikes and nails till yesterday to prevent farmers from forcing their way into Delhi, like on January 26, when a Republic Day tractor rally saw chaos and clashes between protesters and the police in Delhi.
Tens of thousands of farmers have been protesting at the Delhi borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, demanding repeal of Centre’s three contentious farm laws; the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 since November 26, 2020.
The protesting farmers have expressed the apprehension that these legislature would leave them at the “mercy” of big corporations. However, the ruling central government has maintained that the new laws will bring better opportunities to farmers and will introduce new technologies in agriculture.