Tikait asks officials to reopen roads near protest sites, says no farmer will go to Delhi ‘secretly’ | India News
The peasant leader made the comments on the Ghazipur border as Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an organization that groups together agricultural unions in protest, obtained permission to hold a demonstration in Jantar Mantar near Parliament since Thursday.
However, only a maximum of 200 protesters have been allowed as of August 9 in the heart of Delhi with a heavy deployment of security in the area amid the ongoing Monsoon session of Parliament.
Tikait said that a total of 200 farmers under the SKM will go daily to Jantar Mantar by bus, as has been allowed.
“The roads near the protest sites that have been closed by the authorities should be reopened to alleviate the problems of the local population. No farmer would go to Delhi in secret. We will stick to the protest allowed in Jantar Mantar,” he said.
He was referring to a key route from the Ghazipur border to Dabur chowk in the city of Ghaziabad that has been affected due to the protest that began at the Delhi borders in November 2020, according to a statement from Dharmendra Malik, responsible for the BKU media.
Addressing supporters from the stage, Tikait further said that there will be a “nationwide movement” for the “farmers’ revolution” on the withdrawal of the three contentious core agricultural laws.
Meanwhile, a group of Karnataka farmers led by their leader Chukki Nanjudawamy arrived at the Ghazipur border on Wednesday to show solidarity with the ongoing movement.
Tribute was also paid to two farmers who were martyred on July 21, 1980 in Karnataka during a farmers’ upheaval in the state, according to the statement.
Hundreds of farmers are camped at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders of Delhi since November 2020 with a demand that the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020, Farmers Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price guarantee and the Agricultural Services Act of 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act of 2020 and a new law is enacted to ensure the minimum subsistence price (MSP) for crops.
However, the government, which has held 11 rounds of formal dialogue with protesters, has maintained that the laws favor farmers.