The impasse over the three new agricultural laws of the Center continues. Farmers adamant on repeal of the laws have declared a one-to-one fight with the government on this issue. Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait, who has been agitating against agricultural laws, on Sunday warned the central government that they would turn government offices across the country into Galla Mandis if attempts were made to forcibly remove farmers from the borders.
Tikait said that we have come to know that the administration is trying to demolish the tents here with the help of JCB, if they do so then farmers will put up their tents in police stations, DM offices.
Tikait had said on Saturday that Raghuveer Patel, another farmer in Lalitpur, committed suicide due to non-availability of fertilizers. The central and state governments are pushing farmers into the blind well of suicide. The government should give up dogma, otherwise the struggle will intensify.
If there is an attempt to forcibly remove the farmers from the borders, then they will make government offices across the country into Galla Mandi.#FarmersProtest
— Rakesh Tikait (@RakeshTikaitBKU) October 31, 2021
Center opened avenues to meet the demand of farmers on agricultural laws
After the removal of barricades on the Tikri border and the opening of a road on the Delhi-Haryana road, the United Kisan Morcha on Saturday said that if the Center has to open the roads completely, it will have to negotiate to meet the demand of farmers on agricultural laws. The way should also be opened. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is spearheading the protests against the Centre’s three agricultural laws, said the farmers never blocked the roads. After 11 months on Saturday, the authorities opened a road from Delhi to Haryana after removing the barricade on the Tikri border.
The SKM said that the Delhi Police on Friday tried to open a 40-feet road for traffic at the Tikri border. However, talks between the administration and the peasant leaders remained fruitless. The SKM said in a statement that the Delhi Police Commissioner, in a media interview, said that he would like to restore normalcy for the passengers. Tension had risen in the area for some time, with the farmers beefing up security at the front site. Farmers are fearing accidents.
We have come to know that the administration is trying to pull down the tents here with the help of JCB. If they do that, the farmers will set up their tents at Police stations, DM offices: Rakesh Tikait, BKU leader at Ghazipur (Delhi-UP) border pic.twitter.com/kl684sxsmM
— ANI (@ANI) October 31, 2021
The SKM has always maintained that it was the police who blocked the roads, the statement said. The SKM has already clarified that it has allowed two-way traffic in the past and will do so at front sites in future as well. SKM said that if the government has to open this route completely, then it will also have to open the way to fulfill the demands of the farmers. It is a collective decision that will be taken at an appropriate time, the statement said. Earlier, the one-way road was opened on Saturday after a meeting between the leaders of farmers’ organizations and the police. On Thursday evening, the Delhi Police started removing barricades and barbed wire placed on the Tikri border on the Delhi-Rohtak highway.
Movement continues for more than 11 months
Significantly, for more than 11 months, farmers of Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh have been protesting on the borders of Delhi. The protesters are demanding the repeal of three agriculture laws of the Centre. Farmers fear that this will destroy the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system, although the government is touting these laws as major agricultural reforms. More than 10 rounds of talks have been held between the two sides, but to no avail. The farmers have appealed to the government to accept their demands at the earliest. At the same time, it has been made clear from the government that the law will not be withdrawn, but amendment is possible.
Farmers oppose these three new agricultural laws – The Producers Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 are doing. The central government is presenting these three new agricultural laws as major reforms in the agriculture sector, while the protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws will end the MSP (Minimum Support Price) and market system and they will be able to attract big corporates. will depend on