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‘Govt won’t listen’: Rakesh Tikait urges protesting farmers to be ‘ready with tractors’

By Saima Siddiqui 
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‘Govt won’t listen’: Rakesh Tikait urges protesting farmers to be ‘ready with tractors’

New Delhi: As the protest against Centre’s controversial farm laws is nearing to complete seven months at various borders of Delhi, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Monday took to Twitter to urge protesters to be ‘ready with tractors’.

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Tikait told protesting farmers to intensify stir to “save land”. The BKU leader added that the “government is not going to listen”.

This may be noted that the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has taken a decision to observe ‘Hool Kranti Diwas’ on June 30 on all the border protest sites. Farmers claimed that their protest is being supported by villagers and khaps in local areas.

On June 30, members of tribal areas will be invited to the dharna sites, said the SKM.

In a statement, the SKM said: “We have extended our full support to the tribals of village Selagar situated on the border of Sukma and Bijapur districts… Those who are fighting against the government’s decision to set up CRPF camp in the area. This land is being taken without any referral/decision of the Gram Sabha.”

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“…Also condemn the police firing on tribals who protested on May 17 in which three tribals died on the spot, one injured pregnant individual died later, and 18 others were injured and 10 are still missing,” it added.

The SKM has also decided to continue its peaceful protest against the leaders belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) in Haryana.

Several farmers have been protesting at Delhi’s borders since November 2020, seeking the withdrawal of 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. They have also been demanding a new law to guarantee a minimum support price for crops.

However, the Centre has described the laws as pro-farmer.

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