Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait, who is on a two-day visit to Gujarat, has said that farmers have not left the protest sites on the outskirts of Delhi. Tikait, while addressing a gathering in Palanpur, said farmers had gone to the fields to work and would return again when the Union government is free from the West Bengal Assembly polls.
The farmer leader claimed, “All reports that farmers have left the agitation sites are wrong. Farmers come and go. At present, they have gone to work in their fields. We have told them to come back once the government is free from Bengal elections. The entire government is camping in Bengal. Once the government returns, we will start negotiations with it.”
Youngster thrashed for showing black flag
A black flag was shown by a youth during Tikait’s meeting in Palanpur after which the latter’s supporters thrashed him. The youth was eventually taken away by the police.
Reacting to the incident, the farmer leader said, “Let them show black flags, it does not matter. I have come here to make the people of Gujarat, the media, farmers, and the youth free. Let farmers and the youth join the agitation.”
Gujarat farmers should also join protest, says Rakesh Tikait
Tikait said farmers from Gujarat must also join the protest in large numbers so that the country feels confident that cultivators from the state from where some of the big leaders hail, a possible reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, are also against the new laws.
Exhorting farmers from Gujarat to use tractors to protest, Tikait said these vehicles are the “tanks of farmers” and were put to good use in Delhi to remove police barricades.
While former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela accompanied Tikait in his rally from Ambaji to Palanpur, Congress MLA Geniben Thakor welcomed the BKU leader when he entered the state earlier in the day.
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