Mumbai: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Friday met Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait at the Ghazipur border and extended his support. He arrived with around 100 members of the Bhim Army and said that they will provide all help needed to strengthen the farmers’ protest.
A day after the Ghaziabad administration gave an ultimatum to the agitating farmers to vacate the UP Gate protest site in Ghazipur until Thursday night when farmer leader Rakesh Tikait insisted that he would commit suicide, but Azad reached the UP gate. 6:30 pm with around 100 members of the Bhim Army. The Dalit leader said Tikait is the “pride of western Uttar Pradesh” and he would fight shoulder-to-shoulder with the farmer leader.
“We stand firmly with our farmers and will provide all the support necessary to strengthen their opposition,” Azad said.
He claimed that the government would “do everything possible to end this movement and instigate farmers to resort to violence”. “I appeal to you not to deviate from the path of non-violence,” he said.
Earlier in the day, tens of thousands of farmers gathered in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh for massive support against the three new agricultural laws in Ghazipur led by the Indian Farmers Union.
The Mahapanchayat resolved to drop all its weight after the protest in Ghazipur, where farmers have been demanding cancellation of agricultural laws for more than two months and legal guarantees on the minimum support price of their crops.