Mumbai: Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait has said that the central government “should mend its way” and bring a law on minimum support price (MSP).
In a scathing attack on the Modi government, Tikait described it as a “conspiratorial, dishonest and deceitful” government. Also Read: Lok Sabha Passes Farm Laws Repeal Bill Amid Opposition Protest To Discuss Bill
Talking to the media in Mumbai, he said that the Center should change its course and bring a new law on MSP. “Otherwise January 26 (Republic Day) is not far away, and there are 4 lakh tractors and farmers,” he said.
#WATCH | In Mumbai, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait says, "Govt of India should mend its ways and bring a law on MSP. Otherwise, January 26 (Republic Day) is not far, and 4 lakh tractors & farmers all are there." pic.twitter.com/sBMoJ9N1rI
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Earlier this year on January 26, protesters took out a mega tractor rally in New Delhi and it soon turned violent after clashes between protesters and the Delhi Police near the Red Fort.
Addressing a mahapanchayat or mega conclave of farmers organized under the banner of Samyukta Shetkari Kamgar Morcha (SSKM) at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai on the eve of the beginning of the Parliament session, Rakesh Tikait said PM Modi was a supporter of the MSP when he was the chief minister of Gujarat and wanted a nationwide law to ensure that farmers’ interests were guaranteed. Also Read: Unfortunate That Farm Laws Repealed Without Discussion: Rahul Gandhi
Tikait accused the Modi government of running away from a debate over the issue.
“This government is a cheat, we need to be alert. It has not come in line to talk yet. This government is conspiratorial, dishonest and deceitful. It is trying to humiliate farmer community and labourers,” he added.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the government’s decision to repeal the three farm laws, which were at the centre of protests by farmers.
Many farmers were encamped at Delhi’s borders since November 2020 with a demand that the 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 be rolled back and a new law enacted to guarantee the MSP on crops.