Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait today warned the government that there would be consequences if they tried to forcibly remove the protesters from the Delhi borders. The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief said that farmers would turn government offices across the country into “galla mandis” (grain markets).
“If there is an attempt to forcibly remove the farmers from the borders, then they will turn government offices across the country into Galla Mandi,” he said on Twitter.
Mr Tikait’s statement comes two days after Delhi Police removed cemented blocks and barricades from the Ghazipur and Tikri borders.The stretch was shut for over 11 months ever since the farmers’ agitation started and commuters have been citing inconvenience during their travelling.
Earlier the Supreme Court had stated that the authorities and not the protesting farmers were responsible for the inconvenience caused.
The opening of the road stretch at the Tikri border would help thousands of commuters of Bahadurgarh and Delhi as well as those travelling between the national capital and going to Rajasthan from Haryana.
Thousands of farmers have been camping at the three border points — Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur — protesting the Centre’s three farm laws since November 26, 2020.
While the protesting farmers have been claiming that the three laws enacted last year are against their interest, the Centre has been saying these legislations are pro-farmer.
There have been several rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmers, but the impasse remains.