Highlights

  • Farmers held a mega rally in Lucknow on Monday
  • Tikait: govt announced a 'ceasefire' in talks not farmers
  • Tikait accuses govt of trying to divide farmers

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'Govt should talk to us or we won't go back': farmer leader Rakesh Tikait

Addressing a 'kisan mahapanchayat' or a large gathering of farmers, Tikait said that it was the govt that had pushed the paused button on talks and not the farmers. 

Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait on Monday said that farmers will not go back home till govt resumes dialogue with them to resolve their pending demands.

"The struggle will continue. The government should talk to farmers about the issues related to them or else we are not going to go away. Meetings will be held all over the country and we will tell the people about your work," he said.

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Addressing a 'kisan mahapanchayat' or a large gathering of farmers, Tikait said that it was the govt that had pushed the paused button on talks and not the farmers.

Talks between the government and the agitating unions over the three farm laws were stalled in January after nearly a dozen rounds of discussions failed to break the deadlock.

While lauding the govt for finally withdrawing the controversial farm laws, Tikait also accused them of diving the farming community

"They understood in one year that these laws are harmful and took the laws back. They did the right thing by withdrawing the laws but tried to divide farmers by saying that they failed to make some people understand the laws. We are some people," Tikait said.

The farmers want the Centre to bring in a law guaranteeing MSP, withdrawal of cases against farmers, building a memorial for the protesters who lost their lives during the agitation and withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill.

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