“This time 40 lakh tractors instead of 4 lakh”: Rakesh Tikait warns of Parliament march

Rakesh Tikait, one of the faces of ongoing farmers’ agitation against Narendra Modi government’s new farm laws, Tuesday warned that if the Centre does not repeal the anti-farm laws the protesting farmers will gherao parliament.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union leader appealed to farmers to be ready as the call for ”Delhi march” can be given at any time while addressing the Kisan Mahapanchayat of United Kisan Morcha in Sikar, Rajasthan.

“This time the call will be for parliament gherao. We will announce it and then march towards Delhi. This time 40 lakh tractors will be there instead of four lakh tractors,” Tikait told protesters.

The Budget session of Parliament which began on January 29 is currently on recess till March 7. The session ends on April 8.

Tikait also claimed that the farm laws are equally dangerous for both farmers and consumers.

Tikait said, “Not only farmers and the poor, but every person should become a part of this fight. Every youth should connect with us because this is a battle for our land which the government wants to give it to big corporations through contract farming and other modes. The market and mandis which were open for everybody will be closed because of the farm laws.”

The influential peasant leader in Uttar Pradesh said that the farmers will continue to fight irrespective of the weather.

“We will fight in the cold and in extreme hot conditions. It will continue unless a new law on MSP is made and the three farm laws are rolled back,” said Tikait.