Farmers Dharna in Four States on February 21: Rakesh Tikait

BKU leader Rakesh Tikait declared on Saturday that protests, or dharnas, would take place in all districts of Uttar Pradesh on February 21 in solidarity with farmers from Punjab and Haryana marching to Delhi to assert their demands. These demands primarily include a legal assurance of minimum support price for all crops.

Tikait emphasized, “This fight is for saving agriculture and our future.”

Following his participation in a maha panchayat at Sisauli in Muzaffarnagar, Tikait addressed reporters, stating that a resolution was passed urging the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) to organize a tractor march to Delhi in the final week of February if the government fails to meet the farmers’ demands.

“On February 21, there will be no work at the district headquarters. We will march with tractors. After that, we plan to hold a two-day protest on February 26 and 27. We will give our tractors to SKM. The tractors will be lined up from Haridwar to the Ghaziabad border. People of every district and tehsil will stand on the road with their tractors,” said Tikait.

He, however, added that so far his organisation has no plans to go to Delhi. BKU is part of the SKM, which is not part of the “Delhi Chalo” call. but has extended its support. The farmers from Punjab who began their march to Delhi on Tuesday were stopped by security forces at the Shambhu and Khanauri points of the state’s border with Haryana. They have stayed put at the two border points since then.

“Haryana ka mukhyamantri kehta hai ki tractor nahi chalega. Ye tumhari chhati pe tractor hi chalega. Apne tractor ko mazboot rakhna. (The Haryana chief minister says he will not allow tractors. The tractor will run on your (government’s) chest.),” Tikait said a day before Union ministers Arjun Munda, Piyush Goyal, and Nityanand Rai will meet the farmer leaders on Sunday for the fourth round of talks.

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