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‘When crowds gather, governments get changed’: Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait

A day after Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar made a remark that “mere gathering of a crowd does not lead to revocation of laws”, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Monday hit back saying “when crowds gather, governments get changed”.

Tikait also warned that the government could find it difficult to stay in power if the new agri-marketing laws are not repealed.

While addressing a farmers’ ‘mahapanchayat’ at Kharkhoda in the state’s Sonipat district, the BKU leader said that the farmers’ stir against the laws will continue till the time the Centre accepts their demands of repealing the legislations.

Union agriculture minister Tomar in Gwalior on Sunday said the Centre was ready to talk to the protesting farmers, and that mere gathering of a crowd does not lead to revocation of legislations.

Tikait, hitting back at Tomar for his remark, said, “The minister says that mere gathering of crowd does not lead to revocation of legislations. They have lost their mind. When crowds gather governments get changed”.

“They (the government) should know if farmers can destroy their own produce, then you are nothing before them,” Tikait said.

Stating that this agitation is not just of farmers, but also of the poor, daily wagers and other sections, Tikait said, “These laws will destroy the poor. This is not just one law, many more laws like these will come,”.

After reports of farmers destroying their standing crops following the appeal by Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait started coming from several places, the organisation has appealed to the farmers not to do so.

Tikait during one of the Kisan Mahapanchayats had urged farmers to give importance to the agitation and, if need be, destroy their crops. After his appeal, four farmers have destroyed their crops.

The government has held 11 rounds of negotiation with protesting unions and these have remained inconclusive.

Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws – 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.