Farmers ready to continue protesting at Delhi borders until Modi government stops: Narendra Tikait

Narendra said the center has any misconception that it can weed out the peasants’ protest, just as it has “weeded out” other agitation in the past using various tactics.

“I’m here in Sisauli but my eyes are on the protest,” he said, adding that he keeps visiting the Ghazipur border, where hundreds of farmers and BKU supporters have been camping since November 2020.

“This government has a misunderstanding, probably because it has never faced this type of protest, but we have seen agitation and have been part of it for 35 years. This government has only experience of taking on small protests and using various tactics to stamp them out. ” he said.

“There is no way you can put down this protest. This will continue as long as our demands are not met. This government has three and a half years left in office and we can continue the movement until the end of its term,” he claimed.

The younger and lesser-known Tikait said the farmers would not vacate the protest sites until their demands were fully met, and not on the basis of any future pledge or partial agreement on the demands.

“If the government keeps saying that crops are bought from MSPs, why can’t they put it in writing? They keep ranting about giving subsidies for LPG bottles, but that subsidy is gone too,” he said.

Tikait claimed that the center has done the same with the school education sector, where private institutes thrive and mint money while the state of government institutions is getting worse and worse.

“Now they want commercial buildings to store crops, hoard them and later sell them at the prices they want. Their drive is for business and that’s the agenda,” he said, adding that farmers are already reeling from high labor costs and fuel prices.

Asked about the allegations that the Tikait family owns land worth hundreds of millions and that the BKU is involved in hooliganism in the region, he said: “There is nothing they (the government) can find against us and that’s why this happens (leveling of allegations). . If they find a single fault in any member of our family, we will return from Delhi.”

He also rejected allegations of hooliganism by the BKU as inaccurate.

“Why should we do that? Some even say that we take money for the protest. More than 200 of our farmers gave their lives during the protest. People donate money even during the last rites of the deceased, there is no question we take money for protests as we are not running out of resources,” he said.

Tikait described his family’s position as chaudhary or head of Balyan Khap (the Balyani caste council) and said that this khap ran 84 villages in the region, as traditions have continued for centuries.

His eldest brother Naresh Tikait is the head of the Balyan Khap, making him the de facto head of ‘Sarv Khap’ (all Caste Councils).

“We have 84 villages (owned by the Balyan Khap). According to this measure we have 3 lakh bigha land. When our father died, he had given us responsibility for 84 villages. We are Chaudhary with 84 villages and all of that is only ours.” What should we do if we are looking for more money, he said.

Tikait also hinted at a “Sarv Khap” meeting in Soram in the near future to mobilize more regional support if protests continue on Delhi’s borders and the government fails to meet farmers’ demands.

Thousands of farmers are camping out at Delhi’s border points in Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur with demands that the center repeal three farming laws enacted in September 2020 and enact a new law guaranteeing a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops.

The farmers fear that the new laws will destroy their livelihood and leave them at the mercy of the corporations.

The government, which held 11 rounds of formal talks with protesters before discussions were called off, claims the laws are pro-farm.

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