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“Farmers To Gherao Parliament On July 22, Says Rakesh Tikait”

Mumbai: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said on Tuesday, “Farmers will protest outside Parliament as the Center is not ready for talks.”

“The farmers’ protest will continue. We will go to Delhi on July 22 and sit outside Parliament. Every day 200 people will go,” Tikait told reporters.

In a statement, the United Kisan Morcha (SKM) said that farmers and leaders from far-flung states like Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and even West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, and Karnataka are arriving at the borders of Delhi to participate in the protest against the three agri laws.

According to SKM, a group of farmers’ unions, the protest will be planned and carried out in an orderly and peaceful manner, with 200 farmers participating in the protests every day as the monsoon session of Parliament begins on July 19.

Ahead of that SKM, on July 17, would issue letters to all non-NDA MPs in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha demanding that they raise the demands of the farmers inside the House and ensure that these demands are discussed and met before any other business is transacted in the Parliament.

The SKM said that while these letters would be sent to individual MPs at their residence or office or sent to them by email, non-NDA MPs have to ensure that farmers’ demands are placed at the forefront of the agenda of Parliament and they must not let the government bypass the farmers and their issues.

Farmers have been protesting at different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws — Farmers’ Produce 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.”

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