Peasant organizations say no to politics

After successfully waging more than a year of agitation against the Three Farm Bills, farmers’ organizations have decided to stay away from Uttar Pradesh’s polls.

After making contradictory statements regarding opposition and support for the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) in the recent past, the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) has decided not to appeal for any political party during UP polls.

This decision was taken during the three-day brainstorming session of the farmers’ organization in Prayagraj in UP. On the closing day of the session, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said the organizations would not back any particular party in the UP polls.

“It’s up to farmers to decide who to vote and who to support. Farmers are wise enough to weigh their profits and losses. The biggest victory of the farmers’ agitation is that now all political parties have started thinking about them “, did he declare.

It can be mentioned that a few days ago, BKU spokesperson Rakesh Tikait vowed to teach the BJP a lesson in the upcoming elections while his elder brother and chairman of the organization Naresh Tikait took a soft stance after having met with union minister Sanjeev Baliyaan.

During the Prayagraj session, a decision on support in the UP polls was expected, but farmers’ organizations decided to hold off.

However, farmers’ organizations have decided to observe a three-day protest on the Lakhimpur issue from January 22. According to them, the promises made by officials to the families of the deceased farmers have not been kept.

Tikait informed that a 10-member team of agricultural leaders would travel to Lakhimpur on January 22 to meet the families of the deceased. In addition, during the session, it was decided to oppose the proposed laws on seeds, fertilizers and dairy products. Farmers are also said to be making a fuss over the guaranteed minimum support price (MSP) for their produce.

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Posted: Wednesday January 19th 2022, 8:51 PM IST

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