Farmers in Karnataka should organize protests in the state similar to Delhi and gherao Bengaluru from all sides, said Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait amid the ongoing farmers’ agitation against the three new agri laws.
Addressing a farmers’ meeting in Karnataka’s Shivamogga on Saturday, Rakesh Tikait said a strategy has been made to snatch land away from farmers in the state.
“There are lakhs of people gheraoing Delhi. This fight will go on for long. We need to start such protest in every city until these three black laws are taken back and a law is not brought on the Minimum Support Price (MSP). You need to run a protest in Karnataka. A strategy has been made to snatch away your land. Big companies will do the farming… Labour laws have been amended to employ cheap labour,” the BKU leader said.
“You need to make a “Delhi” in Bengaluru. You need to gherao Bengaluru (like Delhi) from all sides and people will come and join your protest… The Prime Minister said farmers can sell crops anywhere so you take your crops to offices of District Collector, sub-divisional magistrate and if the police stop you, ask them to buy crops on MSP,” Mr Tikait said.
He also said that the farmers needed to raise their voices against the privatization of the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs). “If this agitation is not held, then the country will be sold and you will lose your land in the next 20 years. You need to protest against these companies. Around 26 major PSUs are in process of privatization. We need to take a pledge to stop this sale. We need to protest against this,” he said.
Thousands of farmers from various states are protesting in the national Capital against the three contentious agricultural laws passed by the Centre in September last year. The three laws, that according to the farmers would make them vulnerable to exploitation by big corporations, are — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.