BKU (Arajnaitik) leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said that the farmers protesting against three contentious farm laws at the borders of Delhi will not leave the site even if their “graveyard is made there”.
“We take a pledge that we will not leave the protest site there (at Delhi borders) even if our graveyard is made there. We will lay down our lives if needed, but will not leave the protest site until we emerge victorious,” said Tikait while addressing a huge gathering at Kisan Mahapanchayat here.
“When the government will invite us for talks, we will go. The farmers’ agitation will continue until the government fulfil our demands. The struggle for independence continued for 90 years so I have no idea for how long this agitation will run,” he added.
Thousands of farmers from 15 states have gathered in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district for the mega event amid tight security.
“We have gathered here demanding repeal of the three farm laws. We request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take back the three farm laws,” a woman farmer, who is attending the mahapanchayat, said.
Uttar Pradesh: Kisan Mahapanchayat being held in Muzaffarnagar today
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Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), the umbrella body of 40 farmer unions spearheading the farmers’ protest against the Centre’s three farm laws, said the ‘mahapanchayat’ will prove that the agitation has the support of “all castes, religions, states, classes, small traders and all sections of the society”
“The ‘mahapanchayat’ of September 5 will make the Yogi-Modi governments realise the power of farmers, farm labourers, and supporters of the farm movement. The Muzaffarnagar ‘mahapanchayat’ will be the biggest ever in the last nine months,” the SKM said in a statement.
It said that 100 medical camps have been set up for the farmers and 500 ‘langar’ services have also been started to arrange meals for them, including a mobile ‘langar’ system run on hundreds of tractor-trolleys.
A total of 32 farmer unions from Punjab have given a deadline of September 8 to the state government to withdraw cases against protestors, the SKM said, adding if the cases are not withdrawn, the farmers will prepare a roadmap for a bigger protest on September 8.
Thousands of farmers have been protesting at the borders of Delhi for the past nine months seeking the repeal of the three contentious farm laws which they are afraid will do away with the MSP system.
The Centre has so far held over 10 rounds of talks with the farmer unions to allay their concerns with no major breakthrough.
Meanwhile, security has been tightened in Muzaffarnagar and district authorities have ordered the closure of all wine shops in view of the ‘mahapanchayat’.
“We have made all arrangements. 25 companies of PSC and 20 officers under the Meerut zone have been deployed. We issued traffic alerts for the smooth movement of traffic. We are monitoring the situation,” said UP ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar.