13 Feb 2024

Rakesh Tikait said this about joining farmers' agitation in Punjab and Haryana

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) may also join the farmers' movement in Punjab and Haryana.

Many farmer organizations across the country are involved in this movement, but Rakesh Tikait's BKU is still away from it. Speaking to media, Tikait said that he may cometo Delhi on Wednesday evening.

He said, "We remain vigilant. The talks between the government and the farmers proved to be inconclusive because the government's stance is adamant. We are not yet a part of the movement. But this does not mean that we are not supporting the farmers' movement."

He said that a consensus could not be reached between farmer leaders and government ministers in Chandigarh because the government is not agreeing on giving the minimum support price and is keeping the matter pending.

On the other hand, Rajasthan Agriculture Minister Kirori Lal Meena has described the farmers' movement as politically motivated.

Tikait said that 13 months have passed since the last agitation of the farmers ended, but  the criminal cases filed against farmers have not been withdrawn. Besides, they are not getting the right price for their crops.

He said, "There is still reluctance in implementing the Swaminathan Committee report, due to which farmers across the country are suffering losses. We were not involved in this movement, but if injustice happens, we too will be forced to jump into the movement." 

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