After 383 days of successfully leading the farmers’ protests, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait will quit the Ghazipur border on Wednesday. Preparations are in full swing for a hero’s welcome in his hometown of Sisauli in Uttar Pradesh.
For the past year, Rakesh Tikait had been camped alongside hundreds of other farmers at Delhi’s Ghazipur border to demand the repeal of the Centre’s three contentious farm laws. The legislation was finally withdrawn in Parliament earlier this month and the umbrella body of farmers’ unions, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), reached an agreement with the government on other longstanding demands.
Having secured this landmark victory, the farmers’ agitation was called off and those who had been stationed at Delhi’s Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders could finally return home. Rakesh Tikait, one of the most recognisable faces of the farmers’ movement, had said the Ghazipur border would be cleared out by December 16.
Today, he will bid farewell to Ghazipur and make his way back home.
A havan will be performed at Ghazipur border, after which Tikait and his contingent of supporters will move out at 9 am. They will reach Sisauli in UP’s Muzaffarnagar district via Modinagar, Meerut, Daurala toll plaza, and Mansoorpur.
BKU media in-charge Dharmendra Malik said, “We have planned a grand welcome for Rakesh Tikait. Preparations for reception and bhandara/langar have been completed at hundreds of places from Ghazipur to Sisauli.”
In Sisauli, the joy and excitement among the people is palpable. Everyone is gearing up for a celebration on Rakesh Tikait’s homecoming. The Kisan Bhawan is bedecked with colourful lights to welcome the returning farmers and laddoos are being prepared. Programmes are scheduled at the SKM and BKU headquarters.