BKU leader Rakesh Tikait has urged the farmers to make the “agitation a part of their routine life”. The farmer leaders have also stated that the ongoing farmers’ agitation may continue for the next five years.
“Social Boycott” of The Farmers
The protesting farmers have announced a “social boycott” of the BJP and JJP leaders to express their resentment against the new farm laws. Tikait criticized the government and said, “Is this a big agitation? Till now, it is on for the past five months only. If they can run the government for five years, why the agitation can’t be continued for five years? The agitation too will continue for five years”. He even stated that if the BJP leaders will hold events, then the farmers will also react. The farmer leader further added, “Do we need to offer garlands to BJP men? We are in battle mode. Does anybody distribute ladoos in a battle? The public is giving them the prasad that they need and will continue to do so”.
Current Challenge of Farmers
The protest of farmers has reached such a stage where the current challenge for the agitating farmers is to keep the momentum and morale high. Rajvir Yadav, a BKU office-bearer from U.P. said, “We knew this was going to be a long haul, that this government would try to break us, tire us out, defame us. Can any BJP leader say that they won elections without the support of the BKU? The Government cannot mortgage our lives”. The farmers clearly stated that they are not against the government, they are against the policies. Another farm leader from Shahjahanpur said, “the more the government stretched the issue, the higher the likelihood of its digging its own grave”.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- The way Covid-19 is spreading in the country, it is high time that the government must take effective steps to stop the protest. Otherwise, the protest can create havoc. They must hold discussions with the farmers to find a solution to end the protest. Farmers must be given their proper rights without creating any issues.
- It has been five months that the farmers are protesting at the borders. The farmers have even called for a ‘Bharat Bandh’, but the government is unaware of everything. They are holding election rallies all over the country but they don’t have little time to think of the farmers and take necessary steps to stop the protest.