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Tikait: Farmers were trained to sustain long movement

Speaking in Kairana that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had visited recently, Rakesh Tikait broke a vow he had made last year of not emulating politicians

Rakesh Tikait, the national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, finally broke a 13-month-old ‘vow’. Wearing a big garland at a public meeting in Kairana, he said on Sunday that he was bowing before the demand of BKU activists that they would end his vow not to behave like politicians.

When Tikait reached in Shamli for the first time after the suspension of the farmers’ movement, he initially refused to wear the garland, but he could not refuse the request of the BKU activists. Rakesh told a news channel that he was forcibly garlanded by the workers.

On the question of “Mission 2022”, Rakesh said that elections are held every five years. He said he would cast his vote. “I won’t tell people whom to vote,” he said.

When asked about the recent visit of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Kairana, Tikait said it was good that the chief minister visited the place.

The activist said he was merely a face that represented the demands of farmers.

Sporting also a turban presented by activists, Tikait said in his address, “There was a movement in Delhi for 13 months and the nation must learn from how a movement is supposed to be sustained. The system of Punjab should be adopted and replicated across the country.”

Tikait said, “During the movement, the foodgrains that arrived to support the activists had no religion.”

The rabble-rouser added, “The farmers who participated in the movement had been trained for it.” Tikait said the contributions of villages to the movement would remain etched in his memory. He said, “The youth across the country received our message.”

Tikait said that doctors, hospitals, khap panchayats, sanitation workers, gurudwara committees and other Sikh places of worship played an important role in making the farmers’ movement a success. He said that the movement was successful because of Guru Nanak’s grace and it was significant that the government announced the decision to withdraw the agriculture reform laws on Guru Purab.

Tikait waxed eloquent about MSP, saying the “fight” for legislation to make it mandatory would continue.

Rakesh added that he would make Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments compete with each other in offering doles to farmers.

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