A meeting to condole the death of Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Mahendra Singh Tikait was held under the aegis of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha at Bekkinakalmath here on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha leader K.T. Gangadhar said that the death of Tikait affected farmers' movement.
He recalled the struggles initiated by Tikait for review of power tariff on irrigation pumpsets in Uttar Pradesh and for support price to farm produce. Being a believer in socialism, Tikait identified himself with the struggles against displacement of the poor in the name of development, Mr. Gangadhar said.
The agriculture sector faced a crisis owing to the “flawed” policies of the Centre and the State Government. It was unfortunate that fertile farmland was being acquired in the name of development and industrialisation, Mr. Gangadhar said. The movement initiated by Tikait had to be strengthened. Farmers should unite and fight against the “unjust” policies of the government, he said. Members of various progressive organisations and associations took part in the meeting.