Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait asks media houses to join agitation, ‘…join us…else you’ll also suffer’
“... Everyone should join us. The next target will be media houses… If you want to be saved, then join us…else you’ll also suffer,” the BKU leader said.
A day after Bharat Bandh observed by farmer unions, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) president Rakesh Tikait at the forefront of the protest against the Centre’s three new agriculture laws, appealed to media houses to join the agitation, warning that their next “target” is media houses.
“... Everyone should join us. The next target will be media houses… If you want to be saved, then join us…else you’ll also suffer,” the BKU leader said who was in Chhattisgarh to address a 'Kisan mahapanchayat' in Rajim in Chhattisgarh's Gariaband district.
"We will raise the issues of the farmers from Chhattisgarh. The biggest problem is of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) in the country and we will raise this issue," Tikait said.
Tikait said that they will do something about them as well when prompted by a reporter that the Congress party rules in Chhattisgarh.
In the video posted by news agency ANI, Tikait can be heard saying, “We will do something of the Congress too. Mainly, it is the government sitting in Delhi which has sold half of the country. Focus on that too. All of you should support us. Our next target will be media houses. If you want to be saved, then support us or you will also suffer.”
This comes a day after the farmers under the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions across the country held a Bharat Bandh to mark the completion of one year since President Ram Nath Kovind gave his nod to the three controversial laws.
Tikait on Monday appealed to youths to “join the revolution” while addressing the 11th Bhartiya Chhatra Sansad virtually.
“Today the country witnessed Bharat Bandh. I feel the government is making senseless amendments to the laws and policies. The government wants to sell the valuable resources of the country, they want to sell the lands,” a BKU release quoted Tikait as saying.
The farmer leader reportedly said that it is high time for the youth to step out of their homes.
“I feel this will strengthen the revolution immensely,” he said, adding that if the central government continues to break down the resources, “one day India will be known as ‘Mazdoor colony’ and only the labour class will be left in the country”.
“The protest will get over only with a mutual understanding with the government and not with the intervention of the court. We are absolutely against privatisation and we will sit as long as these laws are taken back,” Tikait said, according to PTI.