The farmers have further intensified their campaign against the three farm laws. In the latest warning to the Centre Bhartiya Kisan Union (Arajnaitik) leader Rakesh Tikait has said , “Our slogan is – ‘kanoon wapsi nahi, to ghar wapsi nahi’. This agitation will not conclude before October, it will not end anytime soon.”
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had reached the farmers’ protest site at Ghazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border where he met Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait.
Raut arrived at Ghazipur when security has been further tightened at the farmers’ protest site.
The agitating farmers have now set a condition for talsk with the government as well . “There can be no “formal” talks with the government until “harassment” by police and administration stops and detained farmers are released, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha said .
In a statement, it alleged that increased barricading, including digging trenches, fixing nails on roads, setting up barbed-wire fences, closing internal roads, stopping Internet services and “orchestrating protests through BJP-RSS workers” are part of “attacks” being organised by the government, its police and administration against the farmers.
The umbrella body of farmers’ unions protesting the Central farm laws termed the “frequent Internet shutdown” at protest sites and blocking of many Twitter accounts related to the farmers movement “direct attack on democracy”.