Will intensify protest if talks not held urgently, says Rakesh Tikait

Tikait said the Union government was conspiring to divide the farmers on communal and community lines to weaken their unity

Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait addresses farmers during their ongoing protest against new farm laws at Delhi-Ghazipur border, in Delhi on Sunday.

Rakesh Tikait

Virendra Singh Rawat Lucknow
Rakesh Tikait, the head of nearly one-year-old farmers’ protest against the three contentious central farm laws, on Monday warned of intensifying the stir across the country unless all pending demands were met by the Union government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced plans to repeal the three laws, but there has been no word on the remaining demands, which are equally important, Tikait told Business Standard in Lucknow. “On the one hand, the Centre has announced to repeal farm laws, they are concurrently in the process of introducing 17 other laws, which have a direct bearing on farmers’ livelihood. The government should immediately initiate a dialogue to resolve the stalemate.”

He claimed the Centre had still not reached out to

First Published: Nov 22 2021 | 10:52 PM IST

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