In a statement issued on Monday by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Haryana’s Sonepat district, farmer leader Rakesh Tikite said the government will change when people join. In fact, the Minister of Agriculture, Tomar, said that gathering crowds alone would not repeal the laws. Tikite, the leader of the Indian Farmers’ Union (Biku), warned that if the three new agrarian laws were not repealed it would be difficult for the government to stay in power. They are organizing a Farmers’ Mahapanchayat in Haryana this month.
At Kisan Mahapanchayat in Karnkhauda grain mound in Sonipat district, Rakesh Tikite said that the Kisan Kisan movement will continue till agricultural laws are lifted. Union Agriculture Minister Tomar said in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior on Sunday that the central government is ready to speak with farmers who are protesting against the new agricultural laws, but the laws cannot be abolished as the mob is joining. He urged the farmer associations to tell the governments that they will find anti-farmer in these new laws.
In retaliation to Rakesh Tikite Mahapanchayat, politicians are saying that the agrarian laws cannot be revoked by mobilizing the masses. But they need to know that the crowd has the power to change. Farmers talked about repealing the agricultural law, not the withdrawal of power.
“If the farmer can destroy his produce, he (the government) should know that you are not in front of him,” Tikite said. He said, ‘There are many questions. It’s not just agricultural legislation, but there’s an electricity (amendment) bill, a seed bill … what kind of laws do they want to bring? Since November 28 last year, farmers have been protesting against the demand for repeal of three agricultural laws in different borders of Delhi. Most of them are farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
Tikit criticized the government for saying that petrol-diesel prices were rising. Farmer leaders say, “The current movement is not just a crop grower, but a buyer of rations. He is also a small farmer who earns a livelihood from two livestock. There are those workers who survive on the income from the weekly market.”
He said these laws would destroy the poor. This is not just one law, there are many such laws. Tikite said the government will have to negotiate with a 40-member committee. Tell us that despite 11 rounds of talks between the government and the protest unions, we were not compensated. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha Movement is leading the Delhi border, which includes 40 peasant associations.