Rakesh Tikait, leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), described Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to drop the three disputed farm legislation as a “starting point,” adding that the protesting farmers will return to their homes only if the decision is formally passed by Parliament.
He also emphasised that the government should speak with farmers about the minimum support price (MSP) for crops and other issues.
The BKU national spokesperson made the announcement on Twitter shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repeal of three agriculture regulations that had been the focus of farmers’ protests since November 26 of last year.
“We will not withdraw our protest right away; we will wait until the agriculture rules are overturned in Parliament.” Tikait tweeted in Hindi, “Along with MSP, the government should talk to farmers about other issues as well.”
The prime minister, speaking to the nation on Guru Nanak Jayanti, said the three farm laws were for the benefit of farmers, but that “despite our best efforts,” “we couldn’t convince a segment of farmers.”
According to him, the three agricultural laws were designed to empower farmers, particularly small farms.
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