In a bid to raise support against the three contentious farm laws passed by the BJP government in the Centre, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday arrived in Gujarat on a two-day visit. Tikait, who is best known for the months-long farmers’ protest on the outskirts of Delhi, will meet several farmer leaders in Gujarat during his visit.
Tikait, who entered Gujarat after his Rajasthan trip, was accorded a grand welcome by his supporters on Abu Road after which he visited the famous Ambaji temple.
Congress has extended support to Tikait
Notably, Congress that faced an embarrassing defeat in the local body polls in Gujarat has extended support to Tikait’s two-day visit to Gujarat. Congress’ Gujarat chief Amit Chavda said majority of the people have opposed the farm laws passed by the Narendra Modi government and is fighting the battle for the withdrawal of the legislations.
Gujarat Congress had in September last year submitted a request to the governor requesting President Ram Nath Kovind to stop the controversial laws.
Agitating farmers are fighting against the three laws passed by the Centre for the past several months. During this period, over 250 farmers had lost their lives and discussions between the farmers and the Centre remained inconclusive.
Rakesh Tikait’s Gujarat programme
The farmer leader after starting the two-day tour by visiting the Ambaji temple on April 4 will hold a farmers’ convention at Palanpur and pay homage to Umiya Mata, the family goddess of Patidars in Unjha. After staying overnight in Gandhinagar, he will visit Gandhi Ashram on April 5. He will visit Sardar Smarak in Karamsad and address a farmers’ convention in Bardoli.
Notably, Tikait’s car was attacked a few days back in Rajasthan that resulted in a huge uproar. Due to this, the Gujarat Police is on alert to avoid any untoward situation.
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