Unrest among farming community following evil effects of Narendra Modi regime’s `anti-farmer’ policies turning to be a major political issue in the electorally key state Uttar Pradesh. Farmers from this largest state are again coming out on the streets.
Thousands of dissolusioned farmers from all over the state, led by the largest farmers organisation in the state, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), are marching towards New Delhi. This is the same organisation which was founded by late farmer Chaudhary Mahendra Singh Tikait, and currently being led by his son, Naresh Tikait.
Farmers started on this march on September 23 from Haridwar and presently reached Muzaffarnagar, where it has received unprecedented support. BKU, which had weakened since the Muzaffarnagar riots, has now got support from Muslim farmers too. The slogans of ‘Allah-o-Akbar’ and ‘Har Har Mahadev’ are being chanted simultaneously from the forum of the BKU. These slogans have always been identified with the BKU but were not heard after the riots.
Interestingly, the farmers who are considered to be the opponents of BKU have also supported this march. According to Shahid Alam of BKU, everyone has now realised that this march is in the interest of the farmers and opposes the anti-farmer policies of the BJP-led NDA government.
The march will culminate at Kisan Ghat in Delhi on October 2, has been christened as ‘Kisan Kranti Yatra’. Farmers from all across the country are taking part in it. At the beginning of the Kisan Kranti Yatra, about 30,000 farmers and more than 500 tractors joined the march. Now, the number of farmers participating in the march has swelled to over 50,000.
According to Rakesh Tikait, Secretary-General, BKU, “The farmers have been agitating for a long time now for the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s report and on the issue of the price of their produce and loan waiver. Even after four years of this government, farmers’ movements are erupting at various places and it proves that the BJP government does not care about farmers’ problems and issues.”