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More than 15,000 attend ‘mahapanchayat’ in UP’s Bijnor, farmer leaders from Karnataka and Maharashtra also join them | India News

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BIJNOR: After Muzaffarnagar, Mathura and Baghpat, another kisan mahapanchayat was organized in Bijnor on Monday. The meeting was attended by more than 15,000 farmers from western Uttar Pradesh, and agricultural leaders from Karnataka and Maharashtra also addressed the meeting, emphasizing that the protests were not limited to northern India.
The president of the youth wing of Bharatiya Kisan Union, Gaurav Tikait, said: “More than 150 farmers have lost their lives fighting against the new agricultural laws. Unfortunately, Prime Minister Narendra Modi never spoke a word about the disappearance of these farmers. He turned a deaf ear to the complaints of the farming community. This government is full of ego and farmers should unite for this agitation. ”
“The government is trying to crush the unrest and smear the farmers on behalf of Khalistan. We are neither Pakistani nor Khalistani, we are Indian farmers, fighting against the laws that will destroy us, ”Tikait said.
In his speech, Jayant Chaudhary of Rashtriya Lok Dal called the current regime “a government of deceivers, who have surrendered to capitalist forces.”
He asked the crowd if the income of any farmers had doubled in the last seven years, “as this government claims.”
Chaudhary referred to the farmers as “Hanuman” and called on the meeting to recognize their strength and power to demolish the “Lanka of BJP”. “The prime minister of the UP is not paying attention to the complaints of the farmers. The government has not declared the price of sugarcane for the current crushing season nor has it done anything to settle the farmers’ quotas, ”said the RLD leader.
BKU leaders said farmers from Bijnor will move to the Ghazipur border in large numbers.
Senior police officers, including DIG Ramit Sharma, are already camping in Bijnor. Following an emotional appeal by BKU leader Rakesh Tikait to farmers to join the protests, the Bijnor police had sealed off the borders of the district. The local police superintendent had even declared the Ghazipur border protests “illegal” and warned farmers not to leave the district.

Times of India

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