‘People’s movement, won’t fail’

Charkhi Dadri, Feb 07 (PTI): Asserting that the agitation against the Centre’s farm laws is a people’s movement that will not fail, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said there will be no “ghar wapsi” till protesting farmers’ demands are met.
Tikait lauded the role of “khap panchayats” (caste councils) and their leaders in supporting the farmers’ stir. Addressing a “Kisan Mahapanchayat” near here, Tikait said the government should rollback the contentious farm laws, frame a new legislation to assure the continuation of the minimum support price (MSP) for crops and release the farmers arrested recently. “There will be no ‘ghar wapsi’ till farmers’ demands are met,” he said.
“Yeh jan andolan hai, yeh fail nahi hoga (this is a people’s movement, this will not fail),” he added.
Tikait claimed the campaign against the agriculture laws is going strong. With many “khap” leaders present at the mahapanchayat , Tikait lauded their role in strengthening the stir.
Independent MLA from Dadri and chief of the Sangwan Khap, Sombir Sangwan, who in December withdrew his support to the BJP-JJP government in Haryana, dubbing it anti-farmer , was present at the event. Earlier on February 3, Tikait had addressed his first Kisan Mahapanchayat in Haryana’s Kandela in Jind. The BKU leader from Uttar Pradesh has been camping at Ghazipur on the Delhi-UP border as part of a campaign by farmer unions against the central laws enacted in September.

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