Thursday, May 26, 2022

Farmers' Protest: After Delhi, Tikait Warns Of Tractor Rally In Gujarat

As he talked to the reporters in Ahemdabad, Rakesh Tikait claimed that farmers in the state were unhappy and suffering

Farmers' Protest: After Delhi, Tikait Warns Of Tractor Rally In Gujarat
BKU Leader Rakesh Tikait PTI

The time has come to gherao the state capital Gandhinagar and also break barricades if needed, said Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait as he threatened to launch another farmers' tractor rally, this time in Gandhinagar after Delhi. 

Addressing reporters outside the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad Tikait claimed farmers in the state were unhappy and suffering.

Hundreds of farmers have been camping at Delhi's borders since November last year against the Centre's three agriculture reform laws. They are demanding a repeal of the three laws along with a legal guarantee for Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their produce.

The protesting farmers took out a tractor rally in Delhi on January 26.

"Farmers will conduct agitation in Gujarat using their tractors. Time has come to gherao Gandhinagar and block roads. If needed, we will have to break barricades too," Tikait said.

The BKU leader is on a two-day tour of Gujarat since Sunday to campaign against the Centre's three farm laws.

On the second day of his visit, Tikait, accompanied by former Gujarat chief minister Shankersinh Vaghela, paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the Sabarmati Ashram.

"Farmers are suffering because there is no agitation here. There is no backing from courts also. Farmers are compelled to say they are happy and making a profit. Please give us that technology which is helping Gujarat's farmers to reap benefits," said Tikait.

He claimed farmers of Banaskantha are compelled to sell potatoes for Rs 3 per kilogram.

"Is that enough to make farmers happy? We have come here to remove fear from the minds of farmers. We will agitate in a peaceful manner," Tikait said when asked about his future plans for Gujarat.

Later, Tikait and Vaghela reached Karamsad town in the Anand district and paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at his native place.

Tikait then headed to Bardoli in Surat, where he would address farmers in the evening.

(With PTI Inputs)