Rakesh Tikait on Tuesday blatantly threatened media houses to either support the protesting farmers or become their next target.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Tuesday blatantly threatened media houses to either support the protesting farmers or become their next target. “The next target will be media houses, if you want to be saved then join us, else you’ll also suffer,” Tikait said after arriving in Chhattisgarh.
In the video posted by news agency ANI, Tikait can be heard saying, “We will do something of the Congress too. Mainly, it is the government sitting in Delhi which has sold half of the country. Focus on that too. All of you should support us. Our next target will be media houses. If you want to be saved, then support us or you will also suffer.”
#WATCH | … Everyone should join us. The next target will be media houses, if you want to be saved then join us, else you'll also suffer: Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait after arriving in Raipur, Chhattisgarh pic.twitter.com/nnCJgS11Z5
— ANI (@ANI) September 28, 2021
Tikait who was to attend a Kisan Mahapanchayat in the Rajim town of Chhattisgarh, further stated that they will raise the issues of the farmers in the state. “The biggest problem is of MSP in the country, we’ll raise this issue. We’ll talk about how vegetable farmers of state can be benefitted more and what policies need to be made for them,” Tikait was quoted as saying by ANI.
Questioned about Tikait’s remarks, Jai Kisan Morcha founder Yogendra Yadav said the former said that “media houses will be the next target of this regime”, and not of the farmers.
This comes a day after the protesting farmers, under the Samkyukt Kisan Morcha, observed a 10-hour nationwide strike to mark the first anniversary of their agitation against the Centre’s three contentious farm laws.
Tikait had said that the Bharat Bandh received an overwhelming response from across the country. However, the major impact of the strike was limited to Punjab and Haryana where the normal life was hit and traffic came to a standstill with protesters blocking highways and squatting on railway tracks.
Thousands of farmers have been staying put at Delhi’s borders since November 2020 to protest against the farm laws, which they claim will leave them at the mercy of big agro-business companies. Around a dozen rounds of talks have already been held between the Centre and farm unions but no common ground has been reached so far.