‘Rakesh Tikait robber; Money to protesters from abroad ‘

Controversial statements of BJP MP

New Delhi: After the Jangi Kisan Maha Panchayat in Muzaffarnagar, BJP leaders have started making controversial statements against the agitating farmers. Akshay Govar Lal Gond, a BJP MP from Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh, has termed farmer leader Rakesh Tikait a ‘robber’ and accused the farmers of agitating with money from abroad.

After Gond, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has also criticized the farmers’ movement. Bommai has backed Gond’s allegation, alleging that the agitation on the Delhi border is “Congress-sponsored” and funded by foreign agents. Gond, an MP from Bahraich, verbally attacked farmers’ organizations, calling the protesters Pakistan and Khalistan. Gond also claimed that a large amount of money was being provided for the agitation from Canada and other countries. People from political parties, not farmers, have joined the agitation. If the farmers had agitated, there would have been a shortage of fruits, vegetables, milk and food grains, Gond said.

‘Bharat Bandh’ on Monday

Samyukta Kisan Morcha has called for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Monday, September 27 against three controversial agricultural laws of the central government. Farmers’ unions and trade unions will participate in the bandh in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. A meeting of representatives of about 100 organizations was held in Mumbai on Monday regarding the organization of ‘Bandh’ in Maharashtra. After the meeting, National President of All India Kisan Sabha Ashok Dhawale and NCP leader Vidya Chavan met Congress State President Nana Patole, NCP State President Jayant Patil, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Minister Jitendra Awhad and others. Dhawale claimed that the leaders had promised to support the India Bandh.


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