When Naresh Tikait, the nationwide president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, reached the Ghazipur border to fulfill farmers agitating in opposition to the three farm legal guidelines on Tuesday, he was given a standard welcome with drum beats. Whereas speaking to IANS, Tikait stated, “If that is authorities stays, our land is not going to stay with us. The Prime Minister and the Dwelling Minister ought to change their advisors and search their opinion.”
Over the past three months, the dialogue between the federal government and the farmers has stopped, however the agitation refuses to die down. “It’s our compulsion to sit-in protest. Greater than 200 individuals have sacrificed their lives. Our aged have been sitting right here in harsh winter. We is not going to permit all this to go waste.”
Why is there no dialogue between the federal government and the individuals any longer? In response to this query, Tikait stated, “That is the accountability of the federal government, it’s of their palms. If they’ve made such a invoice, why did not they do it after consulting farmers? What’s going to occur if the farmer is on the verge of ruination?”
Tikait expressed concern over farmers shedding their land, “We try to avoid wasting our land. If that is the federal government, we is not going to have our land. What’s going to we do then? The problem of contract farming could be very soiled. The whole lot is in writing. The farmer might be ruined and develop into a pauper.”
What’s the drawback with amendments and the proposal of an 18-month moratorium? In response to this query, Tikait stated, “We’re saying that as a substitute of 18 months they need to repeal the regulation fully. If the assure on MSP turns into regulation, the whole lot might be resolved.”
Will the farmers’ anger spill over within the elections to be held this yr? “Completely. The federal government must do so much to influence these offended with it.”
Tikait sees this as a battle of vanity. Lately, farmers needed to destroy their very own crop. “This type of a step is taken in a really troublesome state of affairs. It’s a suicide-like step for a farmer to destroy one thing he has nurtured like a baby,” says Tikait.
Tikait described Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Dwelling Minister Amit Shah as essential and accountable individuals. “Each of them are operating the federal government. We might say good advisor ought to advise them on agricultural regulation. Nonetheless, if the defence minister has talks with farmers on behalf of the federal government, the difficulty might be resolved. He is an effective particular person and can discover a approach out of the stalemate.”
11 rounds of talks held between the federal government and farmers ‘ organisations haven’t made any headway up to now. Farmers have been protesting on the borders of the nationwide capital since November 26 final yr in opposition to three newly enacted farm legal guidelines.