Farmers agitation will intensify from Jan 26, says Rakesh Tikait
Tikait was in Bihar's Buxar to meet farmers in Banarpur village who are agitating for the past 92 days for compensation for their land acquired for thermal power, water pipeline, and railway corridor projects. "We have decided to start an agitation from January 26. The farmers have been appealed to drive tractors and host the national flag in their respective agricultural fields.
No justice yet for Lakhimpur Kheri farmers, says Rakesh Tikait
On October 3 last year, farmers were staging a protest in Tikunia village against a visit of Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya when four of them were crushed under the wheels of a convoy of cars. In the subsequent violence, four others including two BJP workers and a journalist were killed.
Government wants to have me killed: Rakesh Tikait
Terming the recent black paint attack on him in Karnataka a "well-planned" conspiracy, he alleged that there was also a plot to kill him when he visited General Bipin Rawat's residence in Delhi to pay homage to him after he passed away in a helicopter accident last December. It is a crucial time which cannot be wasted in infighting as the government is playing "sabotage" politics to disband the farmers' union, he stated.
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The attack happened when Tikait was attending a press conference on "Raita Chaluvali, Aatmavalokana haagu Spasteekarana Sabha (Farmer's Movement, Introspection and Clarification Meeting)" organised by Karnataka State Farmers Association and Hasiru Sene. The leaders were clarifying the recent allegations against farmer leader Kodihalli Chandrashekar, who was exposed by the local media on negotiating bribes for stopping protests.
AAP government in Punjab faces farmers' wrath
Led by Sanyukt Kisan Morcha comprising 22 organisations, hundreds of farmers have broken past the first barricade of the Punjab police at Mohali and are squatting near the second barricade. They have demanded that a meeting be arranged with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on the list of their demands sent to the AAP government earlier.
BJP knows how to get votes: Tikait
Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesman Rakesh Tikait has said the BJP worked only to garner the maximum votes and has been successful in doing that. "We held farmer agitation successfully for 13 months. We are 'andolankari' and BJP is 'votekaari'. This time, all political parties took farmers seriously and included their welfare in their manifestos.