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Ellenabad bypoll: Rakesh Tikait hints farmers will support Abhay Chautala

Indirectly referring to Chautala’s resignation from the Assembly in support of the farmers, Tikait said, “Somebody has relied on the Samyukt Morcha...return the favour with something extra, only then will the relevance of the khap panchayats, gurudwaras and Samyukt Morcha be intact.”

Written by Sukhbir Siwach | Ellenabad |
Updated: October 28, 2021 6:52:16 am
Rakesh TikaitBharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait (file photo)

As campaigning for the high-voltage Ellenabad bypoll wrapped up Wednesday, senior Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait hinted that farmers will support INLD candidate Abhay Singh Chautala – who had resigned from the Haryana Assembly in support of agitating farmers in January.

Voting for the bypoll is scheduled for October 30, and the day saw a notable gathering of farmers at Nathiusari Chopta in the constituency that was addressed by several SKM leaders, including Tikait.
Indirectly referring to Abhay Chautala’s resignation, Tikait said: “Somebody has relied on the Samyukt Morcha …return his items by making it savaya (25 per cent extra), only then relevance of the khap panchayats, gurudwaras and samyukt Morcha will be intact”.

This is the first Assembly election in Haryana after the farmers launched the agitation 11 months back. The SKM has already announced that it will oppose BJP-JJP candidates in the polls if the three farm laws are not repealed.

To ensure that his message had hit home with his audience, Tikait said: “Somebody kept his bag in our panchayat. It is now our turn to return it and we must do so with additions.”

The BKU leader then asked, “Did you understand what I said? Will you do it?” To which the crowd replied in affirmative.

But to make it clear that the SKM is not siding with any party openly, Tikait said, “We have not extended support to anyone. We are just asking you to return the items to its real owner.”

Abhay Chautala had resigned from the Assembly on January 27 at a time when the agitating farmers were on a backfoot following the Red Fort violence incident after the “tractor parade” on January 26.

Tikait announced that farmers will teach a lesson to the BJP in other upcoming polls as well. Tikait said: “We have treated them in Bengal. They need to be given medicine here too. They will be treated in Uttar Pradesh too. They will be alright in three years”.

Suspecting the use of money to influence the voters in Ellenabad, Tikait said: “They want to contest polls with the power of money. They want to buy the sarpanches. The voters can’t be bought here”.
He alleged: “Modi sarkar was not government of a party, but was being run by big companies…They want to run the government on the basis of power by using government guns.”

While referring to the incident of Lakhimpur Kheri, he demanded police remand of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra “so that he can reveal names of his associates”.

About the arrest of Mishra’s son in the same case, Tikait alleged: “Can anyone interrogate the son of the country’s MoS for Home? Those who were interrogating him…were transferred”.

Before coming to the rally, Tikait and other SKM leaders undertook a 25-km long road show covering several villages of Ellenabad.

Ashok Tanwar extends support to INLD
Abhay Chautala also got the support of former Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwa, who has constituted another outfit — Apna Bharat Morcha.

Making the announcement in Sirsa, Tanwar said that he was extending support to Abhay because he had vacated his seat showing solidarity with the farmers.

On Wednesday, Abhay said, “There is no competition in Ellenabad. Be it Congress or BJP-JJP, they are barely contesting for the second or third position in the constituency. People of Ellenabad had already declared their mandate in INLD’s favour. As such this bypoll shall make it clear if people of the constituency are standing with or against the three central farm legislations”.

Talking to the mediapersons in Sirsa, Tanwar said, “It has been over 11 months that farmers had been struggling against the three farm legislations. Farmers had been fighting against this BJP-JJP government. Abhay Chautala was the only one who showed courage to take on this ruling dispensation and stood with the farmers in this hour of need”.

BJP-JJP alliance, meanwhile, expressed confidence in their candidate Gobind Kanda. “Villagers are with the BJP-JJP’s candidate. Despite all the malicious campaign held by the opposition, BJP-JJP had held public meetings in all the 78 villages of the constituency. Barring one or two villages, there was no opposition to meetings,” a BJP spokesperson said.

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