Image Source : PTI Naresh Tikait, the nationwide president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union
When Naresh Tikait, the nationwide president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, reached the Ghazipur border to fulfill farmers agitating towards the three farm legal guidelines on Tuesday, he was given a conventional welcome with drum beats. While speaking to IANS, Tikait stated, "If this is government remains, our land will not remain with us. The Prime Minister and the Home Minister should change their advisors and seek their opinion."
Over the final three months, the dialogue between the federal government and the farmers has stopped, however the agitation refuses to die down. "It is our compulsion to sit-in protest. More than 200 people have sacrificed their lives. Our elderly have been sitting here in harsh winter. We will not allow all this to go waste."
Why is there no dialogue between the federal government and the individuals any longer? In response to this query, Tikait stated, "This is the responsibility of the government, it is in their hands. If they have made such a bill, why didn't they do it after consulting farmers? What will happen if the farmer is on the verge of ruination?"
Tikait expressed concern over farmers shedding their land, "We are trying to save our land. If this is the government, we will not have our land. What will we do then? The issue of contract farming is very dirty. Everything is in writing. The farmer will be ruined and become a pauper."
What is the issue with amendments and the proposal of an 18-month moratorium? In response to this query, Tikait stated, "We are saying that instead of 18 months they should repeal the law completely. If the guarantee on MSP becomes law, everything will be resolved."
Will the farmers' anger spill over within the elections to be held this yr? "Absolutely. The government will have to do a lot to persuade those angry with it."
Tikait sees this as a battle of shallowness. Recently, farmers needed to destroy their very own crop. "This kind of a step is taken in a very difficult situation. It is a suicide-like step for a farmer to destroy something he has nurtured like a child," says Tikait.
Tikait described Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah as vital and accountable individuals. "Both of them are running the government. We would say that a good advisor should advise them on agricultural law. However, if the defence minister has talks with farmers on behalf of the government, the issue can be resolved. He is a good person and will find a way out of the stalemate."
11 rounds of talks held between the federal government and farmers ' organisations haven't made any headway to this point. Farmers have been protesting on the borders of the nationwide capital since November 26 final yr towards three newly enacted farm legal guidelines.
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