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#ModiInUSA: Rakesh Tikait, farmers virtually urge US President Joe Biden to support protest against farm laws

US president Joe Biden | File Photo

US president Joe Biden | File Photo

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Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Friday appealed to Indians living in the US to hold a protest during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's programme in New York on Saturday in support of the 10-month-long farmers' agitation at Delhi's borders.

He also urged US President Joe Biden to focus on concerns of the Indian farmers during his meeting with Modi.

Seeking the support of Indians in the US, the national spokesperson of the BKU claimed that over 750 farmers have lost their lives during the stir against the contentious new farm laws, but the Centre is still not willing to reconsider the legislations.

Modi reached the US on Wednesday on an official three-day visit for meetings with Biden and his deputy Kamala Harris, among others. He is scheduled to address the 76th session of the UN General Assembly on Saturday.

"We appeal to all Indians living in the US. India's prime minister will be there on September 25 in New York for a programme. All Indians in the US should place a 'farmers' flag on their vehicles and raise banners of 'No Farmer No Food' and register your protest in support of farmers," Tikait said in a video message.

"It's been around 10 months since the protest started and we are all sitting here in Delhi. Over 750 of our farmers have died during the movement and the Indian government is not ready to hold talks. We have sat through winters, summers and rains in the stir," he added.

In his appeal to the US president, Tikait tweeted: "Dear @POTUS, we the Indian farmers are protesting against 3 farm laws brought by PM Modi's govt. 700 farmers have died in the last 11 months protesting. These black laws should be repealed to save us. Please focus on our concern while meeting PM Modi (sic)."

Not only Tikait, but farmers and netizens have too urged Biden to support farmers' protest.

Here's what people are saying. Have a look.

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With inputs from PTI.

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Published on: Friday, September 24, 2021, 05:27 PM IST
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