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Updated on: Monday, November 22, 2021, 05:35 PM IST

'Agitation will not stop because many of our issues are yet to be resolved': BKU leader Rakesh Tikat

Rakesh Tikait | Photo Credit: ANI

Rakesh Tikait | Photo Credit: ANI

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Even though the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced repealing of the controversial three farm laws, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Monday said warned that the agitation will not stop because many of our issues like the MSP guarantee law, seed bill, and milk policy are yet to be resolved.

During a rally, the BKU leader said that the govt should hold talks with us, otherwise, we will not go home.

The farmer leader also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should give a clear answer on the demand for a law guaranteeing Minimum Support Price (MSP) that he had "supported" when he was the chief minister.

"It took one year for us to make them understand. We said our things in our own language but those sitting in shining bungalows in Delhi had another language," Tikait said, addressing a mahapanchayat called by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of the agitating farmer unions, on the MSP issue.

"They understood in one year that these laws are harmful and took the laws back. They did the right thing by withdrawing the laws but tried to divide farmers by saying that they failed to make some people understand the laws. We are some people," Tikait said.

Tikait said that a "sangharsh-vishram" (ceasefire) has been declared by the government and not farmers and that there are many issues before the peasants.

"The struggle will continue. The government should talk to farmers about the issues related to them or else we are not going to go away. Meetings will be held all over the country and we will tell the people about your work," he said.

Talks between the government and the agitating unions over the three farm laws were stalled in January after nearly a dozen rounds of discussions failed to break the deadlock.

Tikait said farmers will not get the right rate of their produce by apology but by framing a policy and contested the claim that a committee has been made for MSP.

He claimed that as chief minister of Gujarat Modi was part of a committee that had suggested to the then prime minister Manmohan Singh that a law guaranteeing MSP was required.

He also attacked the media saying that since the past three days they have only been questioning the farmers. "We have many issues including the one related to the farmers who lost their lives during the agitation," he said.

Among the demands made by SKM are, withdrawal of cases against farmers, building a memorial for the protesters who lost their lives during the agitation and withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill.

(With agency inputs)

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Published on: Monday, November 22, 2021, 05:35 PM IST
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