Farmers’ protest: Will burn crops if needed but would not let movement weaken, says Rakesh Tikait
“Farmers have been indulging in the farming of loss for the last 70 years. If they have to sacrifice one more crop, they are ready,” said BKU leader Rakesh Tikait.
Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Friday said that farmers were ready to sacrifice one crop but will not let the agitation against the farm laws weaken.
“If the government is not waking up then we cannot do anything, but we are not going anywhere,” Tikait said. “Farmers have been indulging in the farming of loss for the last 70 years. If they have to sacrifice one more crop, they are ready. Even if they have to take the help of more workers to harvest crops, they will do it. They will keep crops at their home but agitation will not be weakened,” quoted ANI.
Asked about his earlier statement about taking the agitation to the poll-bound West Bengal, Tikait said, "Talks are going on talking out a tractor rally to West Bengal."
Elections for 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal are likely to take place in April-May this year.
The farmer leader said that they will install fans and coolers for the upcoming summer season, asking for an electricity connection from the Uttar Pradesh government. “If they don’t agree then we will ask for an electricity connection from the Delhi government,” he said. “And if they refuse too, then we will arrange for generators but not let the movement get affected due to heat in summers.”
Following the Republic Day violence in Delhi, farmers are focusing to get more support from other states through the mahapanchayats to counter the government’s claim that only Punjab farmers were protesting against the laws, according to the Hindustan Times. Many such mahapanchayats have been held in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab.