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Updated on: Monday, November 01, 2021, 12:53 PM IST

Govt has time till November 26 or farmers will intensify protest at Delhi borders: Rakesh Tikait to Centre

Rakesh Tikait | Photo Credit: ANI

Rakesh Tikait | Photo Credit: ANI

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Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Monday said the Centre has time till November 26 to repeal the contentious farm laws, after which farmer protests around Delhi would be intensified.

Taking to Twitter, Rakesh Tikait said: "The central government has time till November 26, after that, from November 27, farmers will reach the border at the movement sites around Delhi on tractors from villages and strengthen the tents at the movement site with solid fortifications."

November 26 would mark one year of the ongoing farmers' protests at Delhi's border points of Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur. The protests are led by farmers collective Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM). Farmers' union BKU, whose supporters are encamping at Ghazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, is also a part of the SKM.

His warning comes a day after Delhi Police removed barricades at the Tikri border to ease traffic movement. Police had similarly removed blockades on the carriageway towards Delhi at the Ghazipur border on Friday. Earlier on Sunday, the SKM had urged the Centre to ensure the smooth supply of fertilisers and not let black marketing happen.

Hundreds of farmers are encamped at the three Delhi borders since November 2020 with a demand that the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 be rolled back and a new law made to guarantee MSP for crops.

The Centre, which has held 11 rounds of formal dialogues with the farmers, has maintained that the new laws are pro-farmer, while protestors claim they would be left at the mercy of corporations because of the legislations.

(With inputs from ANI and PTI)

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Published on: Monday, November 01, 2021, 12:53 PM IST
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