‘They want to follow Taliban’: BKU-Bhanu chief slams Rakesh Tikait over Bharat Bandh

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In a veiled attack on Rakesh Tikait and framer unions over the 10-hour Bharat Bandh, Bhanu Pratap Singh, national president of Bharatiya Kisan Union-Bhanu, said that it shows that they intend to follow in the footsteps of the Taliban as such activities would lead to The economy of the country is adversely affected.

New Delhi: In a veiled attack on Rakesh Tikait and framer unions over the 10-hour Bharat Bandh, Bhanu Pratap Singh, national president of Bharatiya Kisan Union-Bhanu, said that it shows that they intend to follow in the footsteps of the Taliban as such activities would lead to The economy of the country is adversely affected.


Bhanu Pratap said, “He (Rakesh Tikait) calls himself a ‘farmer leader’ and then announces a Bharat Bandh, which affects the economy and farmers. How does it benefit anyone? They are like this. We want to follow in the footsteps of Taliban by continuing the activities.” “I would request people not to support Bharat Bandh,” he said.


Meanwhile, Delhi Congress chief Anil Chaudhary reached the protest site at Ghazipur border to support the Bharat Bandh, but the agitating farmers asked the Delhi Congress chief to leave his protest site.


“We told them that we thank them for their support during the bandh but we have a non-political protest and forum. We had earlier announced that we would not allow political parties on our platform. So we asked them on our site. We are not protesting,” said BKU leader Praveen Malik.


“I can understand their position. It is farmers’ issue, Congress will protest on the streets. If farmers ask us to leave from here, we will go back. We have come here for farmers, there is no political agenda. ,” said Anil Choudhary.
The United Kisan Morcha, a coalition of farmer unions, has called for a nationwide Bharat Bandh today to mark the first anniversary of the enactment of three agricultural laws.


The bandh has got the support of over 500 farmer organisations, 15 trade unions, political parties, six state governments and various sections of the society.


The state governments of Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Punjab, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh have extended their support to the protest against Bharat Bandh.


Farmers have been protesting at various sites since November 26 last year against three enacted agricultural laws: the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Act 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Farmer leaders and the Center have held several rounds of talks but the impasse remains. (ANI)

First published:September 27, 2021, 5:02 pm

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