Farmers protesting against agricultural regulations will not return home until their demands are met, and they will not be pressured to hold talks with the center, said Baratiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Saturday afternoon, after a three-hour chakka (blocking) of national and national highways passed peacefully. .
Addressing farmers gathered in Ghazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, Mr Tikait also said the protest would be extended until October 2 and that the center had deadlines, otherwise farmers’ groups opposed to the rules would organize further protests.
“We will not return home unless our demands are met,” said Mr Tikait, who filed a petition after the violence during a tractor meeting in the Republic of the Day and empowered the protesters.
“We have given the government until October 2 to repeal the laws. After that, we will reorganize. We will not negotiate with the government under pressure,” he added.
Prior to the start of today’s protest, Mr Tikait planted flowers at the Ghazipur protest site – in the same area where the center had set up a nail bar to stop farmers.
“If they put the nails in, we will plant flowers. This relationship – between the center and the farmers – will continue for a long time,” he said.
Farmers in many parts of the country – with the exception of UP, Uttarakhand and Delhi – are holding chakka traffic today, with highways crossing northern provinces, including the Eastern Peripheral Expressway around Delhi, blocked by peaceful protests.
Roads are blocked in 33 areas in 15 states, including Sangrur, Bathinda and Barnala in Punjab. The visuals showed farmers and their tractors camping on the highways in large numbers.
However, while the roads are blocked by regular commuters, the videos also show farmers quickly moving the sidewalks and allowing ambulances and emergency vehicles to pass through less chaos.
Lakhs of farmers throughout India are eager to see the laws reversed. Tens of thousands of them have camped around the Delhi border – heavily fortified – since the end of November. These fortifications include barbed-wire fences, concrete bars, and barricades.
They say the laws will endanger their lives by, among other things, allowing companies to use them. Farmers also fear the loss of the MSP program (low price subsidy).
Many talks have failed; The institute emphasizes that the rules will benefit farmers, and has made it clear that it will not repeal them. However, it provided amendments and a stay of 18 months. Farmers have rejected both offers.
The Supreme Court, which ordered a temporary stay in law enforcement, has set up a committee to consult on the agreement, but farmers say they will only deal with the facility.
On Friday, Rakesh Tikait spoke to NDTV and asked why the controversial laws – which were passed in September amid tensions and allegations of wrongdoing – could be lifted.
“What is the problem with restoring the rules? When they are not submitted with the consent of the farmers, they do not want the rules, why bring the rules in the first place?
“We are just protesting. Are we doing anything else … we have nothing to do with politics. We have never told anyone who they should vote for,” he said, dropping out of contact with opposition parties.
Mr Tikait reiterated the peaceful nature of the farmers’ protest, which strayed from the path and was attacked by violent wars last month on Republic Day.
Yesterday Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who told farmers last month that “football is in your court now”, told Parliament that the protests were limited to “one country” – Congress-pured Punjab – and that critics had “failed to point to one mistake”.