Thousands of farmers assembled at a ‘maha panchayat in Muzaffarnagar, where BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said the BJP should be given a defeat in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. He targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Yogi Adityanath, and other BJP leaders. The mahapanchayat was organized by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) at the Government Inter College ground in Muzaffarnagar in protest against the Centre’s controversial farm laws.
RAKESH TIKAIT’S DIRECT ATTACK at Mahapanchayat.
“This (Muzaffarnagar) is the sugarcane belt. A government had raised the sugarcane price by Rs 80, while another government had increased it by Rs 50. Is the Adityanath government weaker than these two dispensations? It did not increase the price even by one rupee. We should give this government a ‘vote ki shot (electoral defeat). The slogan of ‘fashion ke daam nahi, to vote this (no fair price for crops, no votes) will have to be raised,” Tikait said at the mega rally attended by farmers from UP and neighbouring states.
Lashing out at the Centre over its National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP), the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) national spokesperson said “India for sale” boards have been put up. Referring to Modi, Adityanath, and Union Home Minister Amit Shah as “outsiders,” the farmer leader said he has no objection to becoming prime minister after winning polls from Uttarakhand or Gujarat. “But on the soil of Uttar Pradesh, these rioters will not be tolerated,” he said. Tikait said SKM aims to “save the country and its mission is not confined to Uttar Pradesh or Uttarakhand”. He further claimed the country’s railways, airlines and airports are being “sold” along with “privatization of electricity” and “sale of roads”.
However, the Narendra Modi government is totally against the farmers and minorities. Farmers have been protesting against the three controversial laws for the last year, but Modi is not taking them seriously.