Mumbai Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Friday urged US President Joe Biden to “focus” on farmers’ agitation against Centre’s three farm laws, ahead of Biden’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Tikait talked about their protest against the farm laws and said hundreds of farmers have died during their agitation.
“Dear @POTUS, we the Indian Farmers are protesting against 3 farm laws brought by PM Modi’s govt. 700 farmers have died in the last 11 months protesting. These black laws should be repealed to save us. Please focus on our concern while meeting PM Modi,” The tweet said.
Dear @POTUS, we the Indian Farmers are protesting against 3 farm laws brought by PM Modi's govt. 700 farmers have died in the last 11 months protesting. These black laws should be repealed to save us. Please focus on our concern while meeting PM Modi. #Biden_SpeakUp4Farmers
— Rakesh Tikait (@RakeshTikaitBKU) September 24, 2021
He has also said NRI farmers will protest against PM Modi’s visit to the US. “Tomorrow in Washington DC, NRI farmers will protest against Modi’s US visit,” BKU tweeted on Thursday.
कल वाशिंगटन डीसी में अप्रवासी भारतीय किसानों द्वारा मोदी जी की अमेरिकी यात्रा के विरोध में प्रदर्शन किया जाएगा#UnitedNations #PMModi @PTI_News @ANI @aren_anika @RakeshTikaitBKU @the_hindu @nrifor pic.twitter.com/iLJfr4eXd3
— Bhartiya kisan Union (@OfficialBKU) September 23, 2021
PM Modi is in the United States on a three-day visit, will hold a bilateral meeting with President Biden at the White House on Friday evening.
Since last year November, Hundreds of farmers led by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha have been protesting at Delhi’s borders demanding a rollback of the three farm laws. Farmers fear these farm laws will do away with the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporations. The government, however, has maintained that the laws are pro-farmer and has offered to amend them. Both sides have held as many as 11 rounds of talks but the impasse is yet to be broken.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha has given a call for a complete Bharat Bandh on September 27. They will ensure all roads, trains, markets, and educational institutions will remain closed from 6am to 4pm. Leaders of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha have urged farmers, members of trade unions and government employees to support the Bharat Bandh call.