Highlights:

  • Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait asked US President to “focus” on the three farm laws passed by the Centre ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • PM Modi, who is in United States on a three days visit, will chair a bilateral meeting with President Biden at the White House on Friday evening
  • Tikait noted that the farmers will continue their demonstrations at the national capital’s borders till the controversial three farm laws are repealed

On Friday, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait asked the US President to “focus” on the three farm laws passed by the Centre ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He stressed their protest against the farm laws, stating that nearly hundreds of farmers have died during the agitation.

Rajesh Tikait who is the spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) tweeted, “Dear @POTUS, we Indian Farmers are protesting against 3 farm laws brought by the PM Modi’s government. 700 farmers have died in the last 11 months protesting. These black laws should be repealed to save us. Please focus on our concerns while meeting PM Modi.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in the United States on a three days visit, will chair a bilateral meeting with President Biden at the White House on Friday evening. This is the first in-person meeting between the two leaders after the Democrat leader took his office on January 20, 2021.

Bharatiya Kisan Union which is one of the farmer unions protesting against the three new farm laws informed that NRI farmers will protest against Modi’s US visit. On Thursday, BKU mentioned in a tweet, “Tomorrow in Washington DC, NRI farmers will protest against Modi’s US visit.”

The previous week, Tikait noted that the farmers will continue their demonstrations at the national capital’s borders till the controversial three farm laws are repealed. He asserted that a nexus between the central government and corporates to “rob” the farmers of their rights.

Tikait underlined that the farmers are quite aware of their rights. He further blamed the Centre for being insensitive towards the farmers and uttered that the time has come for the “farmers warriors to shake the roots of the governments”.

Several farmers headed by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha have been protesting at Delhi’s borders since November 2020 asking for a rollback of the three farm laws. Farmers are worried that these farm laws will bring a minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporations.

On the other hand, the government narrated that the laws are pro-farmer and has offered to amend them. As of now, both sides have carried out nearly 11 rounds of discussions but the impasse is not yet broken.

Furthermore, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha has summoned for a complete Bharat Bandh on September 27 to ensure that all roads, trains, markets, and educational institutions remain closed from 6 am to 4 pm. The leaders of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, urged farmers, members of trade unions and government employees to support the Bharat Bandh call.

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