Bharatiya Kisan Union president Naresh Tikait on Tuesday wondered whether farmers will always be in agitation mode, blocking roads or heading towards Delhi.
On the proposed February 16 bandh call by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) and various organisations, Tikait said school vans, vehicles carrying patients and military vehicles will be allowed to pass. Problems must be resolved through talks, he added.
When asked to elaborate on the farmers’ demands, Tikait told PTI Video in Muzaffarnagar: “The demands are different in different states. Will the farmer always hold agitation, block roads or head towards Delhi?”
“The government also bears some responsibility. What is the problem in taking cognizance of these issues? And the ‘ziddi ravaiyya’ (stubborn approach) is proving to be dangerous. The government should think (about these issues) and hold talks with the farmers,” he said and asserted that the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) is always with the farmers.
On the border closure in Delhi, he said: “The farmers’ point of view is not heard. The government’s point of view is not heard. Whatever the farmers’ point of view, it must be heard. Or stopping it will be considered bravery.” “
Meanwhile, security in Delhi has been stepped up with multi-layered barricades, concrete blocks, iron nails and container walls at the border points to prevent a ‘Delhi Chalo’ farmers’ march from entering the national capital on Tuesday, after talks between farm leaders and the Center were inconclusive.
Police and paramilitary personnel in riot gear have been deployed in large numbers at the three border points – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur.
Makeshift jails have been set up in “specific locations” in view of the march, an official said.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Apolitical) and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha have earlier announced that farmers will head to Delhi on Tuesday to pressurize the Center to accept their demands, including enactment of a law to ensure Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops .
On Monday, tractors left from different parts of Punjab to join the protest.
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First published: February 13, 2024 | 14:24 IS