Eight months of farmers’ agitation against the Centre’s agricultural laws are going to be completed.
Ghaziabad: As the farmers’ agitation against the Centre’s agricultural laws is about to complete eight months, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has adopted a new strategy to balance the number of protesters in the Ghazipur border. Under this, 10 protesters from one village have been instructed to take part in the demonstration for 15 days. Saurabh Upadhyay, media co-in-charge of BKU said, “We have asked all our supporters planning to participate in the protest here in Ghazipur to ensure that the number of people ready to stay here for 15 days from a village is only It’s ten.’Also Read – Punjab: Attack on BJP leaders who went to a program, saved their lives by running away, said- 500 farmers beaten up
“In this way we want to ensure that there is a balance between the number of farmers at the protest site in Ghazipur,” he said. At present we have about 4 to 5 thousand people. The BKU is part of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), the main union of farmers’ unions. BKU has a large following in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan, besides Uttar Pradesh, especially in the western part of the state, from where a large number of people have joined the ongoing protests in Ghazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border. Also Read – Haryana: Farmers created ruckus outside BJP office in Jind, uprooted hoardings
In Ghazipur, farmer leader and national spokesperson of BKU Rakesh Tikait is handling the responsibility. The SKM had started protests on November 26 last year at various borders with Delhi. Eight months of the agitation will be completed on 26th July. Camping under the flyover at the UP Gate and on a stretch of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, farmers weathered the bitter cold and scorching heat. They are now preparing to face the monsoon rains. Also Read – Farmers Protest: Rakesh Tikait raised questions on India’s investigative agencies, spoke in favor of going to UN
Upadhyay said, “There is no doubt that it was difficult to bear the cold and the heat as it is an open space. Monsoon can also be a difficult time for us with the kind of arrangements we have in place, but efforts are being made to ensure that we have adequate facilities for farmers to live here.”
He said, “We are covering our temporary shelter structures with new tarpaulin sheets to prevent entry of water during rains. We have also informed the farmers planning to join the dharna in the coming days to come with arrangements for sleeping and cooking in their tractor-trolley during the rains. He said that the protesters are buying potable water from Ghaziabad every day through tankers and the local administration is cooperating to a great extent. Apart from Ghazipur, farmers have also been protesting at Singhu and Tikri borders along Delhi’s border since November last year.