Farmer chief Rakesh Tikait, who heads the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), one of many a number of farmer organisations at the moment holding protests at Delhi borders, goes to make his first main try and take the agitation towards three farm legal guidelines to Maharashtra.
Tikait will maintain his first kisan mahapanchayat away from North India, at Yavatmal, on February 20.
The move was confirmed by BKU media in-charge Dharmendra Malik.
“We have finalised the Yavatmal kisan mahapanchayat for February 20. Rakesh Tikait will address the mahapanchayat, which will be held under the banner of Sanyukta Kisan Morcha,” Malik informed The Indian Express.
He added, “The farmers’ agitation has been going on in several states in the north, including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Several mahapanchayats have been held in these states. The idea behind Yavatmal mahapanchayat is to take the agitation to Maharashtra and mobilise the farmers there.”
Tikait had stirred farmers’ sentiments after he broke down when the Uttar Pradesh police had stormed the Gazipur protest web site with a view to evict the protesters, following the tumultuous January 26 occasions through the tractor rally in New Delhi. Tikait’s emotional expression to proceed the sit-in regardless of police motion had instilled contemporary life into the farmers’ agitation, which many thought would peter out as a result of January 26 occasions. One of the main criticisms of the farmers’ stir, nevertheless, has been that it was restricted to a couple North Indian states and didn’t have a bigger impression on farmers throughout different elements of the nation. The Yavatmal mahapanchayat’s success or failure, subsequently, can be an indicator of how a lot solidarity farmers elsewhere have for his or her North Indian counterparts.
Shankar Darekar, state unit chief of Rashtriya Kisan Mazdur Mahasangh, one other organisation collaborating within the Delhi protests, stated, “The programme will be held at Azad Maidan in Yavatmal, where we are expecting a crowd of about 40,000-50,000 farmers from all over the state. So far, 30 farmer organisations in the state have agreed to join the mahapanchayat and we are talking to 8-10 more organisations.”
Asked if attraction was additionally being made to political events to lend their help, Darekar stated, “So far we haven’t decided to make any appeal to political parties. If they want to support, they are welcome. We only hope that they keep their political identity out of the protest.”
Yavatmal Superintendent of Police, Dilip Bhujbal, confirmed that he has obtained a letter for permission from the farmers’ organisation and it’s below course of for grant.