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Farmer leader to visit 5 states to gather support for farmers’ protest

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Farmer leader to visit 5 states to gather support for farmers’ protest

Ghaziabad: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait will reportedly tour five states in March to gather support for the ongoing protest against Centre’s new farm laws, a Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) official said on Saturday.

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Mr Tikait, a prominent face of the ongoing farmers’ protest, will begin the tour from March 1, added the official.

“Farmers’ meetings will be held in Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana, while two meetings will also be held in Uttar Pradesh in March,” BKU media in-charge Dharmendra Malik said.

As per sources, two meetings will be held in Rajasthan while three in Madhya Pradesh, whereas, the last three meetings will be held on March 20, 21 and 22 in Karnataka, added Mr Malik.

“One event is scheduled on March 6 in Telangana, but we have not got permission for it yet due to some election in the state. If permission is granted, the meeting in Telangana will be held as per schedule,” he told media.

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Tens of thousands farmers are camping at Delhi’s border points at Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur since November with a demand that the Centre should repeal the contentious farm laws enacted by BJP in September last year.

The BKU leader Mr Tikait is leading the protest at Ghazipur.

The central government has held 11 rounds of formal talks with the protesting farm unions, which have been remained inconclusive so far. The ruling BJP maintains that the new farm laws are pro-farmer and that they won’t be replead. The farmers, however, are demanding a complete scrapping of the contentious laws.

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