The BKU-led farmer agitation against the three central farm laws may continue till December this year, the outfit national spokesperson Mr Tikait said here on Sunday. Rakesh Tikait made the statement while talking to reporters here after his recent visit to the poll-bund West Bengal.
“This agitation possibly will stretch up to November or December this year,” he said. Talking about his West Bengal visit, Rakesh Tikait said during their poll campaigning there, the central government people have been asking farmers to give them one feastful of rice.
“I have advised Bengal farmers to ask grain seekers to fix an MSP of 1850 Rs per quintal for paddy before giving them a single grain of rice,” Tikait told reporters here. He said after west Bengal, he was planning to visit other parts of the country to press for the enactment of a law guaranteeing an MSP (Minimum Support Price) for various crops.
“In Bihar, the paddy is currently being bought by traders at an abysmally low rate of 750 Rs to 800 Rs per quintal. I want a law guaranteeing the minimum support price for various crops,” said Tikait. He said he was not going to sit in Delhi alone but was planning to visit all over the country, including Madhya Pradesh (MP)on 14th March and 15, Ganga Nagar in Rajasthan on 17th March , Ghazipur’s UP Gate border in Delhi on 18th March, Odisha on 19th March and Karnataka on 21st March & 22.
During his visit here, Rakesh Tikait also garlanded a statue of his late father & farmer leader Mahendra Singh Tikait at Tikait Park in Jhalwa near here. The BKU (Bharat Kisan Union) spokesperson claimed the 3 central laws will lead to the closure of all small-time neighbourhood shops, leaving only big commercial malls to survive.
“These farm laws will ruin traders and lead to the closure of small business utilities and the collapse of small industries. These laws will bring in big multinational firms like Wallmart,” claimed Tikait. “Had this government belonged to a political party, it would have talked to farmers and resolved the matter,” Tikait said. “But this government is being run by big business houses. It is bent upon selling the entire country,” he alleged.