Shivamogga: Urging people to unite in the struggle against the farm laws, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said that 'Jai Bhim' and 'Jai Ram' must work together.
He made the statement at the Farmer Mahapanchayat held at Science Grounds here on March 20, opposing the farm law. The farmer leaders such as Darshan Pal and Yuddhaveer Singh were present at the event.
Speaking at the event, Rakesh Tikait said that when it comes to the farmers’ protest, 'Jai Bhim' and 'Jai Ram' should work unitedly. He said that along with the protest, it is also important to bring youth back to farming and bind them with the agricultural land.
He called on farmers to assemble from all sides in Bengaluru like it was done by farmers in Delhi, to get the protest in Bengaluru to a successful start, he stressed. There should be no industry exploiting hunger, he noted.
Speaking on the occasion, Darshan Pal said that the farmers’ protest is a massive success and Prime Minister Modi’s government had no choice but to revoke the Farmers’ Law. He opined that only farmers will win in this battle.
He said that Delhi protests are an inspiration for protestors all around the country. He also observed that this has dented Prime Minister Modi’s popularity as well. He called on farmers of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh region and Tamil Nadu to come together so that Modi’s misadministration can be ended. The onus is on Karnataka farmers, just like farmers from Punjab, who were responsible to lead all North Indian farmers, he stressed.
He expressed regret that Modi never attended a single meeting held with farmers while over 11 meetings were held with the Centre and the farmers.
Yuddhaveer Singh said that Modi has made a list to privatise BSNL, HAL and such other government companies and we have not been able to do anything about it. The farmers’ protest is the protest of all the farmers in the nation, he added. BJP has been asking a fist full of rice from every household it is seeking votes from and this rice is collected for Ayodhya. Is this a secular way of asking for votes”, he questioned.
Kodihalli Chandrashekar said that the farmers will not pay their loan at all costs and the Centre has to waive the loans like they waived loans of Ambani and Adani. If farmers in villages are disturbed, we will take out to streets, he warned.
Informing that Modi has been hinting in his speeches that the farmers protesting at Delhi will be evicted as soon BJP wins elections in five states including West Bengal, and Tamil Nadu, which is near impossible dream for BJP, he added. If farmers in Delhi are touched, he called upon farmers to get ready to stage a national highway bandh.
As many as 30,000 people gathered at the event despite the two-hour delay in the arrival of the leaders.
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