Kurukshetra: After a day-long protest in Haryana, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait on Thursday accused the state government of slapping false cases against farmers and said it won’t deter them from protesting the Centre’s farm laws. Saying that their stir will continue till the laws are repealed, the farmer leader warned the state government “not to interfere” in their peaceful agitation.Also Read - AAP's Raghav Chadha Calls Navjot Sidhu 'Rakhi Sawant of Punjab Politics', Triggers Outrage
“It won’t deter them from holding the protest and their agitation against the laws will continue till the legislations are repealed, Tikait told reporters. Also Read - SAD Leaders Sukhbir Badal, Harsimrat Kaur, Others Detained in Delhi For Protesting Against Farm Laws
He added that the ruling dispensation in Haryana is trying to appease its political masters by arresting agitating farmers and slapping false cases against them. Also Read - 'It's An Undeclared Emergency', Says Harsimrat Badal as Delhi Police Seal Borders; Vehicular Movement Hit
The farmer leader further added that the farmers are united and fighting a long battle with the central government, which is “pro-corporate”.
“The central government refuses to listen to anyone and whosoever tries to speak against their injustice is branded as anti-national,” he said.
To another question, Tikait said farmers are sure of their victory and will force the Centre to repeal the farm laws. In reply to another question about any campaign against the BJP in next year’s Vidhan Sabha elections in Punjab and UP, Tikait said farmers are mature enough and know everything.
On Haryana BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni’s earlier suggestion that outfits from Punjab involved in the stir should contest the 2022 assembly polls, Tikait said it could be his own opinion and the Samyukt Kisan Morcha has nothing to do with it.
He, however, said that Chaduni is part of the Morcha and all are unitedly spearheading the agitation.
Tikait was here to address a gathering of farmers at Jat Dharamshala to invite them in large numbers to participate in a “Kisan Mahapanchayat” to be held at Muzaffarnagar in UP on September 5.
(With inputs from PTI)