Bharat Bandh a slap on faces of people who said protests were limited to 3 states: Rakesh Tikait
Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait called Monday’s Bharat Bandh a “success”, saying that it was a “slap on the face of people” who said the protests were limited to only three states.
|Bharat Bandh a slap on faces of people who said protests were limited to 3 states: Rakesh Tikait|
Bharatiya Kisan Union (Tikait) leader Rakesh Tikait claimed Monday’s Bharat Bandh was a “success” and a “slap on the face of people” who said the protests were limited to only three states.
Speaking after the culmination of the 10-hour nationwide protest at 4 pm, Rakesh Tikait said, “The Bharat Bandh called by Samyukta Kisan Morcha was a success. Farmers across the country expressed their anger by coming on the streets. The bandh got the support of farmers as well as laborers, traders, employees, and trade unions. Political parties of the country also supported the bandh.”
The Bharat Bandh called by farmers’ unions against three farm laws of the Centre hit normal life on Monday as protesters blocked highways and squatted on railway tracks at many places in Punjab and Haryana between 6 am to 4 pm.
Rakesh Tikait thanked the protesters for making the Bharat Bandh a peaceful protest. “There were no violent clashes anywhere, for which the farmers of the country also express their gratitude to the labourers and citizens,” he said. Rakesh Tikait said the farmers’ movement will continue till the three agricultural laws are withdrawn and the government guarantees the minimum support price (MSP). The BKU leader said the people who said that the farmers’ movement was limited to only states should open their eyes and see that the whole country is standing with the farmers.
“The government should solve the problem of the farmers. The sugarcane price announced in Uttar Pradesh is a joke. There will also be a movement on the streets for the sugarcane price hike,” he said.
Rakesh Tikait said some people might have faced trouble due to the Bharat Bandh but he appealed to them to forget it for the sake of farmers.
“The farmers have been on the streets leaving their houses for 10 months. But the blind and deaf government neither sees nor hears anything. In a democracy, there is no other option but to protest. Even today, the farmers are completely adamant about the demand for withdrawal of the (farm) laws. It is an appeal to our government that the problems of the farmers should be resolved at the earliest,” Rakesh Tikait said.