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New formula for longevity of farmers’ protest- 1Village, 1Tractor, 15Men & 10Days

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Acting upon the need of the hour, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait, on Thursday gave out a promising formula to keep the farmers’ protest going amid Centre’s atrocities to quash the over two months old movement.

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The ruling government is adopting new tactics every day to suppress the voice of farmers and in its recent efforts to incopacitate the protest’s increasing reach, the government has banned the BKU’s social media page. Following which, Tikait urged the farmers to get ready for prolong agitation against the new farm laws.

As the government keeps deaf on farmers’ protest and creating obstruction for the ongoing movement, the  BKU’s national spokesperson, who is leading the agitation at UP Gate (Ghazipur border), conveyed a formula to keep the movement going, which urges its supporters to get one tractor and 15 people for 10 days from every village. This will not only give the protest longevity but will also enable the maximum number of farmers to participate in the movement who can also return to the village and engage in farming.

Under Tikait’s new formula, 15 people from every village should stay at the protest venue for 10 days, and then the next lot of 15 should replace them. The first lot of protesters can then return home and tend to the fields.

Announcing about this formula Tikait on Thursday said, “Work on the formula of one tractor and 15 people for 10 days from every village. Then, even if the movement runs for 70 years, there is no problem.”

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He also warned the fellow protestors against the use of foul language on their platform as this movement is for bread, not for votes. “Since politicians are not allowed to come to the stage, they are avoiding to come to the stage,” he said, underlining that the politicians are extending their support to the movement in a dignified way.

He also reiterated that he will not allow their stage to be utilised by leaders for their political purposes, and that the MLAs and MPs of various political parties visiting the venue are guests.

Rakesh Tikait also attacked the government for snapping the internet, saying it was a conspiracy to deprive children of their studies, adding that schools are already closed, “now the government has stopped internet, how will children study?”

“Through the media, we will keep requesting the government for dialogue. Now it is up to the government to decide how much time it has for the farmers,” said Rakesh Tikait.

Till now, 11 rounds of talks between the government and farmers have failed to resolve the impasse so far. Where the government has given its last offer to hold the laws for 18 months, farmers have refused to it demanding complete repeal of the contentious legislature.

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