Farmers Ready to Protest till May 2024: Rakesh Tikait

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On Sunday, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said that the farmers are ready to protest against the new agricultural laws of the Center ’till May 2024′. The farmers’ movement on the borders of Delhi is an ‘ideological revolution’. Addressing a press conference in Nagpur, Tikait said that they want a legal guarantee on the minimum support price (MSP).

Farmers have been protesting on the borders of Delhi since 26 November 2020. They demand that government must withdraw the three new laws. However, the Center has described these laws as a major improvement in agriculture. Farmers fear that the new laws will clear the way to end the security cordon of MSP and shut down the mandi system.

The Supreme Court last Tuesday stayed the implementation of new agricultural laws till further orders. When asked how long the farmers would continue the protest, Tikait said, “We are ready to protest till May 2024”. We demand that the government must withdraw all three laws and provide legal guarantee to the MSP.

Significantly, the next Lok Sabha elections in the country are likely to happen around April-May 2024. Tikait dismissed the allegations of rich farmers’ organizing the movement. He said that people from villages and other organizations have participated in it.

He said that this is an ideological revolution of farmers in Delhi. It will not fail. Farmers in villages want us not to return until the government withdraws the three agricultural bills. Tikait said that the government was firm on its stand not to withdraw the bills and the movement would go on for a long time.

He welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court to ban the implementation of agricultural laws. But he said that the members of the committee constituted by the apex court support the agricultural bills. Tikait said, “We do not want to go before the committee set up by the court”. The government has also said that the government and farmers will find solutions on this issue.

He also said that opposition parties are weak in the country and hence farmers had to start this movement against the new laws of the Center. Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has sent notices to some people who supported the farmers’ movement. On this Tikait said, those who want to be a part of the movement should be prepared to have court cases, jails and seizure of property.

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