PM Modi Should Express Grief in Parliament Over Death of Farmers During Agri-Law Protests: Rakesh Tikait

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New Delhi: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should express his grief once in Parliament over the death of around 750 farmers in protest against the months-long anti-agriculture law along Delhi’s borders. . Read this also. – Lakhimpur Violence: Union Minister’s son arrested by SIT, will be produced in court. top growth

He slammed the Center over the issue of Minimum Support Price (MSP) and alleged that its assurance of continuing the system is “only on paper” and added that farmers really want it. Also read- Farmers stop rail in protest against Lakhimpur violence, demand for Mahapanchayat, demand for arrest of minister’s son

Participating in a discussion titled “Seeds of Anger: Fear and Fact: How to Address the Agricultural Crisis” at the India Today Conclave 2021, BJP MP Rajendra Agarwal countered Tikait, saying the Centre’s three agriculture laws seem to be opposed. It is politically motivated. Also Read – Lakhimpur Violence: Sidhu ends hunger strike after Union Minister’s son appears before police for questioning

Tikait said, “Farmers are protesting to get fair purchase price for their crops. The government claims that MSP has been, is and will be, but farmers want it in reality and not just on paper.”

“The protest has entered its 11th month. The government and the prime minister should once speak in the parliament about the 750 farmers who have lost their lives during the protest.

Tikait, who has been leading hundreds of BKU members and protesters at Ghazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border since November 2020, said, “The prime minister should express grief over the farmers’ deaths.”

Agarwal said Modi always speaks about farmers and speaks about them in Parliament.

“The protest has entered its 11th month, but there has been confusion about it all the time. There may be misunderstandings about the laws, but they have been debated on various platforms. The issue has even reached the Supreme Court,” said the Lok Sabha MP from Meerut.

“I want to know about just one point in the laws to which they have objection. So, this (protest) seems to me to be motivated not by the interests of farmers but by political agenda or political ambitions. The protest can be linked to some political parties,” he said.

He said that all the discussions regarding the laws have been done and the Center is sensitive towards the farming community with a proven track record since 2014.

On Lakhimpur Kheri case, Tikait alleged that Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra is an accused in the case under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and he should resign from his post.

Mishra is not named in the FIR registered in connection with the incident. His son Ashish Mishra and 15-20 other “unnamed” people have been named as accused in the FIR.

The Union minister has been denying allegations of involvement of his son, who was arrested on Saturday.

On allegations of the ruling BJP becoming an “agent” to negotiate a settlement between the government and the victims of the Lakhimpur violence, Tikait asked who was making these allegations.

He also claimed that the opposition parties have lost relevance.

“The terms of the agreement were that the victims would be cremated, the minister’s son would be arrested and an FIR would be lodged against him,” he said.

Tikait claimed that as long as Mishra remains the Minister of State for Home, no one can question him.

He rubbished claims of “differences” among farmer leaders over the BKU’s stand in the wake of the Lakhimpur incident.

“The settlement was done in front of 10,000 farmers, including relatives of the victims and government representatives. In any case, a compromise should be made when there is a chance for it.

“The officers who were in Lakhimpur for the settlement were sent by the government with full force. The settlement was for funerals and the government has announced compensation for the victims.

On the alleged lynching of three people after an SUV ran over five people, including four farmers, Tikait said the mob committed the act as a reaction to the incident.

When asked about one of the new agricultural laws that would facilitate a farmer to sell his crop in any “mandi”, Tikait claimed that 182 mandis were closed in Madhya Pradesh due to their financial conditions. has gone.

“Farmers have been devastated. MSP is only on paper. No one goes to the villages. They sit in Delhi and pass laws,” he said, adding that mandis are just platforms for a farmer to sell his produce and they do not fix MSP.

Tikait said the mandis were closed in Bihar 16 years ago and as per the logic of the Centre, the farmers of that state should have become rich by now.

When pointed out that there was no legal guarantee on MSP in the days of previous governments, he said that this is the reason why those parties are no longer in power.

“In 2011, a financial committee was formed with the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi as its chairman. It had recommended to the Center that a law should be made to guarantee MSP,” claimed the BKU leader.

“Today Modi is cheating the country on what he had recommended,” he alleged.

Agrawal referred to Tikait’s father Mahendra Tikait to highlight the plight of farmers and claimed that the new laws have freed them from mandis, allowing them to sell their crops anywhere.

Tikait, however, insisted that Agarwal could define “anywhere”.

The Center, which has held 11 rounds of talks with the protesting farmers, has said that the new laws are farmer-friendly.

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