Tikait declares 2021 as the year of protests

Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait.   | Photo Credit: AFP

Bharatiya Kisan Union national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait told farmers on Saturday, “2021 is the year of agitations. Keep your tractor ready with tent and edibles.”

Addressing a massive kisan mahapanchayat in Gonda area of Aligarh district, Mr Tikait said the fact that large corporate entities had built godowns even before the three contentious farm laws were passed showed that they were in the know of things.

“It seems the corporates have sneaked into the PM’s office. We have to take them out,” he said.

“What we are seeing right now,” the BKU leader said, “is not a BJP government but company raaj.”

Appealing to young farmers to use “both tractor and Twitter to spread the message against the farm laws,” he said the mainstream media is being censored and youngsters had to put across the pain of farmers through social media.

Earlier the BKU leader said the plan to “snatch your land” has been made.

“Land is something that is dearer to a farmer than even his son. In this region, nobody passes on ownership of land to his progeny before his death. Now companies are eyeing something that is so dear to you,” he said.

He said big retail companies would drive small shopkeepers and rural weekly markets out of business.

Using his characteristic wit, Mr Tikait said it would take a year to cure the government. “The farmer knows how to tame a wild bull.” By winter, he hoped, the government would regain its sense.

Responding to the attack on his convoy in Alwar district on Friday, Mr Tikait said they would not be scared by such attempts by the goons of the ruling party.

He said the BKU general secretary Yudhvir Singh was picked up by the Gujarat Police when he was addressing the media. “Is it the Gujarat model? I am going to Gujarat tonight as the State is in shackels. We have to set it free,” he said.

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