Mumbai: Rakesh Tikait, the leader of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), issued a threat on Tuesday, stating that if the three laws are not repealed, farmers will march up to Parliament carrying 40 lakh tractors
Speaking at a farmers’ rally in Sikar, Rajasthan, Tikait said, “Our next call will be for March for Parliament. We will tell them before March. This time it will be not just 4 lakh tractors but 40 lakh tractors. just 4 lakh tractors but 40 lakh tractors will go there if farm laws are not taken back.”
Tikait also demanded that a new law should be enacted ensuring minimum support price for farmers.
At a Mahapanchayat in Kharak Punia, Haryana on 18 February, Tikait said that if the Center does not meet their demands the new agricultural laws, the protesting farmers will agitate in West Bengal for the election. He again reiterated the claim the next day and said “Talks are going on taking out a tractor rally to West Bengal.”
Farmers broke barricades and vandalized many parts of the national capital to enter Delhi on January 26, during a farmer tractor rally organized in protest against the Center’s three new agricultural laws.
Acts of vandalism by protesters damaged many public and private properties. The Delhi Police has registered a total of 22 FIRs in the ITO citing the incident, where a farmer was killed by overturning a tractor.
Farmers have been protesting on the 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