- Demonstration by farmers regarding the Tikonia incident
- Demand for dismissal of the Union Minister for Home Minister Teni
- Rakesh Tikait signaled a big movement
Lakhimpur Kheri case: The 75-hour strike by farmers led by the United Kisan Morcha continued for the second day on Friday for many more demands, including the dismissal of Union Home Minister Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’ in the Lakhimpur Kheri case last year. The leaders of United Kisan Morcha will march to the District Magistrate’s office on Saturday, the last day of their protest demonstration in Lakhimpur Kheri. Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait urged the country’s farmers to be ready for a massive nationwide agitation to resolve their problems.
Preparation for nationwide movement
Addressing the dharna, Rakesh Tikait said, “When, where and how the nationwide agitation will take place, the leaders of United Kisan Morcha (SKM) will inform about it at an appropriate time.” Tikait called for strengthening the SKM, saying: “If the SKM becomes weak, the governments will dominate the farmers.” He said that along with the sacking of the Union Home Minister due to the Tikoniya incident, the law to ensure Minimum Support Price (MSP) is also a big problem for the farmers.
Notably, farmers from various states also reached the Rajapur Mandi Committee on Friday to participate in the agitation. Lakhimpur Kheri is the native district of the Union Home Minister and he is the BJP MP from Kheri for the second consecutive term. Officials of the BKU-Chaduni faction in Punjab also reached the agitation site to express their solidarity with the agitating farmers. The Chadhuni faction is not part of the United Kisan Morcha. Prominent leaders including United Kisan Morcha Core Committee member Darshan Singh Pal, Yogendra Yadav, national convener of Swaraj India and social activist Medha Patekar have joined the dharna that began on Thursday. Apart from these, farmer leaders Tejinder Singh Virk, Ranjit Raju, Ashok Mittal, Deepak Lamba, BKU-Tikait National Organization Secretary Bhudev Sharma and other prominent farmer leaders of Punjab are involved in the dharna.
“Farmers must be ready for big movement”
Farmer leaders from Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh also addressed the farmers. Rakesh Tikait took a dig at the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs and said in his speech, “The entire country knows very well about the Tikunia violence and it was also known to all who were the instigators of the violence.” Terming Ajay Kumar Mishra as an accused under Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code, Tikait said, “It is ironic that the minister still holds his post.” Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) deals with criminal conspiracy to commit an offence. Tikait said that even after 75 hours long dharna, the farmers should be ready for a major agitation to fulfill their demands. Tikait said that apart from sacking Home Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra, many other issues including release of innocent farmers in jail, MSP guarantee legislation, withdrawal of Electricity Amendment Bill 2022, payment of sugarcane arrears and government land rights among many other issues were ahead of the farmers.
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