Massive show of strength by farmers in Muzaffarnagar Mahapanchayat
Thousands of farmers, on Sunday, in a mega show of unity and strength, gathered at Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. The event was organized by Samyukt Kisan Morcha at the government Inter College grounds in order to unite farmers from across the country to protest against the Centre’s three farm laws.
The newsmaker of the event was Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait. He was all guns blazing against the government. Addressing the crowd, Tikait said, “Our protest will continue until the government fulfills the demands of the farmers.”
The farmer leader further added, “When the government will invite us for talks, we will go. The farmer’s agitation will continue until the government fulfills our demands. The struggle for Independence continued for 90 years, so I have no idea for how long this agitation will run.”
Tikait also added that there will be more such types of events.
The event garnered huge support from opposition parties. Congress MP from Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi tendered his support to the farmers. He called the Mahapanchayat the ‘call of truth’ that an ‘unjust government’ must listen to. Gandhi took to his Twitter and wrote “The call of truth is echoing. You have to listen, unjust government!” Priyanka Gandhi too joined Rahul in support of agitating farmers. She said “Farmers are the voice of this country. Farmers are the pride of the country. The arrogance of any power cannot withstand the roar of the farmers.”
CPM general secretary Sitarama Yechury said “They are our annadatas. They keep us alive and the government does not care to listen to them.” BSP was also not behind in tendering their support to the event. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) spokesperson, Sudhinder Bhadoria said “It’s a democratic right of every citizen to have a peaceful protest and it should not be stopped by the police.”
The event was a huge success in terms of the crowd. There were huge traffic jams as lakhs of farmers inched towards the government Inter-State grounds. Women farmers were also seen wearing caps of various farmers’ unions and were seen arriving in tractors, buses, and cars. Farmers from various north Indian states like Uttarakhand, Haryana and Punjab joined the Mahapanchayat.
The popular farmer leader who has been driving the agitation against the farm laws also vowed to continue the protest until Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath is overthrown. Rakesh Tikait attacking the BJP government said “The Mahapanchayat of September 5 will make the Yogi-Modi governments realize the power of farmers, farm laborers, and supporters of the farm movement.
Defending the government’s stand, Union Minister, Anurag Thakur said that the government has held 11 rounds of talks with the farmers union. He also said that for the benefit of the farmers, we have increased the Minimum Support Price (MSP). Taking a dig at Tikait, the Union Minister asked “How many mandis have been shut down in the last two years.”
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