Farmers' protest to end on Wednesday? No one is going home until everything is resolved: Rakesh Tikait
New Delhi, Dec 7: Amid the rumours of farmers' protest coming to an end on Wednesday, Rakesh Tikait, who has been spearheading the movement, clarified that it will not be called off until everything is solved.
He said, "Government proposed that they will agree to our demands and that we should end the protest...but the proposal is not clear." The farmer leaders still have apprehensions and it will be discussed on Wednesday, he claimed, adding, "no one is going home until everything is resolved."
On Tuesday, the protesting leaders met at the Singhu border to discuss the Centre's draft proposal, but Rakesh Tiktait skipped it as he was attending an event in Uttarakhand.
As per PTI, farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said the government's proposal claims that it will form a committee to look into the demand for legal guarantee on minimum support price (MSP) for crops and the panel will include farmer organisations outside the SKM, government officials and representatives of states. '
'We had objections to it ... we do not want other committees who have been against our demands since the start to be part of the panel on MSP. We have demanded the government give a clarification in this regard,'' Rajewal said.''We are also against the condition set by the government that farm unions should lift the protest for the withdrawal of fake cases against farmers,'' he said, adding the cases include those registered in connection with the January 26 violence.
On the other side, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni, in a press conference, demanded the Centre to follow the Punjab model while giving compensation to families of farmers who died during the agitation.
He said, "For compensation to over 700 deceased farmers' kin, we want the Centre to follow Punjab model; Rs 5 lakh compensation and a job as announced by Punjab government should be implemented by Govt of India as well."
The SKM had formed a five-member panel on Saturday to hold talks with the government on the pending demands of the protesting farmers, including a legal guarantee on MSP for crops, compensation to the kin of the farmers who died during the agitation against three agriculture laws and the withdrawal of cases against the protesters.
The five-member panel of the SKM has farmer leaders Balbir Singh Rajewal, Ashok Dhawle, Shiv Kumar Kakka, Gurnam Singh Chaduni and Yudhvir Singh.