- The BKU leader stated that the farmers will return only when the PM’s announcement gets a legal nod in Parliament
- Rakesh stated that govt has not addressed other demands by farmers, besides withdrawal of the three laws
- The SKM is scheduled to convey its decision after a meeting shortly
On Friday, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait attributed the withdrawal of the farm laws as the beginning. He has emphasized the fact that the agitating farmers will return back only when the decision receives a legal nod in the Parliament. He has stated that a number of issues are yet to be addressed and this includes the legalization of the Minimum Support Price (MSP).
Tikait has further taken a jab at the Centre saying that announcements by the PM are futile until and unless it receives a legal stamp in the Parliament. He has said, “Sanyukt Kisan Morcha meeting will be convened today to discuss and review the development and further course of action will be decided accordingly.”
Referring to the farmers who have sacrificed their lives during the farmers’ movement which began in the country from the previous year, Tikait said that they need to be honoured before taking any decision.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha in its press release on November 19, stated that it will wait for the PM’s announcement to take effect through Parliamentary procedures. It further said, “If this happens, it will be a historic victory of the one-year-long farmer’s struggle in India. However, nearly 700 farmers have been martyred in this struggle. The central government’s obstinacy is responsible for these avoidable deaths, including the murders at Lakhimpur Kheri.”
The press note issued by All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha read, “we are dismayed that the Govt has made no announcement on the other issues, ie, legal guarantee for procurement and MSP at C2+50% for all crops, New Electricity bill and related issues. The govt should immediately agree to these demands also.”