Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Monday took to Twitter and thanked the farmers, labourers, trade unions and others, for supporting today's Bharat Bandh and making it "historic" and "unprecdented".
Tikait, who has been leading the farmers' protest in the outskirts of the national capital for the past 10 months against the Centre's three farm laws, said that he is certain that today's Bharat Bandh will compel the central government to listen to the voices of farmers.
Speaking with news agency IANS, Tikait said, "We are hopeful that this time (Bharat Bandh) the government will listen to our demands."
Denying that farmers only from western Uttar Pradesh were participating in the protest, therefore, the farmers' protest will not be an issue in the 2022 Assembly elections, he said, "Farmers from all over India are with us", adding that this movement was not just restricted to any one region.
Tikait further said, "No matter how long we have to stretch this protest, we will not step back."
This is the third Bharat Bandh since the three agricultural laws were passed by Parliament.
Meanwhile, in a veiled attack at Rakesh Tikait and framer unions on the 10-hour Bharat Bandh, Bharatiya Kisan Union-Bhanu national president Bhanu Pratap Singh said that it reflects they intend to follow the footsteps of Taliban as country's economy gets adversely affected by such activities.
"They (Rakesh Tikait) call themselves 'Kisan neta and then announce Bharat Bandh, which affects economy and farmers. How does it even benefit anyone? They want to follow in the footsteps of the Taliban by continuing similar activities," Bhanu Pratap said.
"I would request the people not to support the Bharat Bandh," he said.
(With IANS and ANI inputs)
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