Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait addressing the ongoing farmers' protest at Ghazipur border on 27 February 2021 | ANI
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Bijnor: BKU leader Rakesh Tikait has claimed that the Centre’s “silence” for the past few days indicates that it is planning some steps against the farmers’ agitation over newly enacted agriculture laws.

He also stressed that it is the government that will have to come forward with a proposal for talks to resume with the protesting farmers.

Before leaving for Uttarakhand’s Udham Singh Nagar on Sunday night, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader told reporters in Bijnor’s Afzalgarh, “The government’s silence for the past 15-20 days is indicating that something is going to happen. The government is planning some steps against the agitation.”

However, Tikait said farmers will not step back till a solution is found.

“The farmer is also ready. He will look after his crop as well as the agitation. Let the government hold talks when it has the time,” he said.

Tikait also said farmers’ “mahapanchayats” will be held at several places in the country till March 24.

When asked about the violence during a tractor parade on the Republic Day in New Delhi, he alleged that the government created the trouble.

On the issue of farmers destroying their standing crop at different places, Tikait said the BKU has told farmers that the time for such action has not come yet.

“But why is the government not appealing to farmers not to take such a step,” he asked.

Tikait said farmers will intensify their agitation if the wheat crop is not sold on the minimum support price (MSP) in Uttar Pradesh and they will hold dharnas outside district headquarters across the state.

Also read: Govt ready to talk after farmers unions’ response on its offer, says Narendra Tomar


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  1. “’Silence’ of Government indicates it is planning steps against farmer’s agitation. Says Tikait.
    A deplorable statement. Facts as gathered from the media
    1. The Government has constantly engaged the agitating farmers. Even today it is willing to sit across the table ad discuss the laws clause by clause.

    2. The protest is recognized as a right by “We the people” but “We the people” (a majority of them) do not see the cause as right.

    3. The volte face by many opposition parties in the matter clearly establishes that the hidden agenda is not the new farm laws, per se.

    Is it to be assumed that all agitations and protests should never be contested by the Governments? Is the Government always expected to cave in and backtrack just because a section of people protest, whether for the right reason or the wrong reason.
    Disclaimer: “We the people” love our farmers and always want the best for them


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