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Farmers Protest Highlights: Day 2 of SKM dharna in Lakhimpur Kheri, farmers demand sacking of MoS Ajay Teni

Farmers Protest Highlights: The farmers union has also demanded the release of four farmers jailed in connection with the violence that broke out in October last year in Tikonia area of the district during a protest against the agri farm laws.

Farmers gather at the protest site in Lakhimpur Kheri. (PTI)

Farmers Protest Highlights: BKU leader Rakesh Tikait on Friday addressed the farmers who have gathered at Lakhimpur for the 75-hour long protest and said on Twitter, “The country’s farmers are ready to fight a long battle.”

Tikait, social activist Yogendra Yadav and other leaders Thursday reached Lakhimpur Kheri of Uttar Pradesh as thousands of farmers began their three-day dharna demanding the sacking of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni among others. The farmers holding the dharna under the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM)—an umbrella organisation of farm unions—at Mandi Ground in Lakhimpur Kheri are also demanding the release of the four agriculturalists jailed in connection with the violence in October last year.

BKU (Tikait)’s district president Dilbagh Singh said, “Around two months back, the SKM had held a meeting held in Delhi and decided to organise a dharna in Lakhimpur Kheri in support of various demands that include a law to guarantee Minimum Support Prime (MSP) for crops to protect the interest of farmers.” Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra is among the accused in the case filed after the violence which took place in the district’s Tikonia area during the protest against the now rescinded farm laws. As many as eight people, including four farmers, were killed when a convoy of vehicles, including one allegedly belonging to Ajay Mishra, ran over them on October 3, 2021. In the ensuing violence, two BJP workers, the driver of one of the vehicles, and a journalist were also killed.

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Farmers Protest Highlights: Day 2 of SKM dharna in Lakhimpur Kheri, farmers demand sacking of MoS Ajay Teni

20:02 (IST)19 Aug 2022
Country's farmers are once again ready to fight a long battle: Tikait

Taking to Twitter after the second day's protest on Friday, Rakesh Tikait said in Hindi, "On the invitation of Samyukta Kisan Morcha, I addressed the country's farmers today, who have assembled for the 75-hour long protest. The country's farmers are once again ready to fight a long battle. We shall not stop, neither get tired and nor bow down."

21:42 (IST)18 Aug 2022
SKM would continue fight for justice to farmers across nation: Rakesh Tikait

Speaking to news persons at the dharna site, BKU national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait vowed that the SKM would continue its fight for justice to the farmers across the nation.

The Lakhimpur agitation was primarily to press for the dismissal of Ajay Kumar Mishra from the Union Cabinet, Tikait said. "Moreover, a law on minimum support price (MSP) to the farmers was also a major demand of the SKM," he added.

Mishra is the Union minister of state for Home.

"The (Modi) government is bent on handing over power supply to the private sector through the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2022. BKU and SKM would oppose this move as this would adversely affect the farming sector," Tikait said. --PTI

12:51 (IST)18 Aug 2022
Rakesh Tikait to reach dharna spot soon, says BKU leader

“The dharna in Lakhimpur Kheri has began. Farmers from different parts of the state and country have arrived in Lakhimpur Kheri to take part. Our leader Rakesh Tikait will be reaching the spot soon,” said BKU (Tikait)’s district president Dilbagh Singh, who had filed an application with the state government seeking permission to hold the dharna.

Sources said most of the farmers who reached Lakhimpur Kheri are from Punjab and Haryana. The food stalls at the protest spot are mostly run by the farmers from those two states, they added. Read more

11:31 (IST)18 Aug 2022
Farmers from Punjab travel to Kheri for three-day protest

Hundreds of farmers from Punjab have travelled to Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, as part of Samyukta Kisan Morcha’s 72-hour-long protest at the site where four farmers and a journalist were run over by a vehicle on October 3. 

On Wednesday morning, several groups left for Lakhimpur Kheri from railway stations of Barnala and Mansa among others. Members of BKU Dakaunda, Krantikari Kisan Union , Kirti Kisan Union, BKU Kadian etc were part of these groups.

Joginder Singh Ugrahan, president of BKU Ugrahan and one of the members of SKM’s coordination committee said, “Over 2,000 farmers from our union went towards Lakhimpur Kheri in buses…one bus was accompanied by a jeep or car for safety. All the unions started from different locations in Punjab but we all gathered at Kundli border in the outskirts of Delhi so as to go together.” Read more

10:50 (IST)18 Aug 2022
Dharna begins at Lakhimpur Kheri

The 75-hour protest is expected to see participation from around 31 different farm unions from states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab will be participating in it.

10:33 (IST)18 Aug 2022
BKU Dakaunda leaders arrive at dharna spot in Lakhimpur Kheri

The farm unions are set to launch a 75-hour dharna in Lakhimpur Kheri starting 11 am on Thursday

10:24 (IST)18 Aug 2022
SKM demands: Compensation for kin of those who died in Lakhimpur violence, MSP as a legal guarantee

Apart from sacking of the Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha has demanded that Rs 10 lakh be paid as compensation to the families of those who died in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

Other demands include:
> Release of farmers who have been lodged in jail in Lakhimpur Kheri case
> Implement MSP as a legal guarantee
> Withdraw the electricity amendment bill from Parliament

09:53 (IST)18 Aug 2022
Farmers leave from Punjab to join dharna in Lakhimpur Kheri

Hundreds of farmers from Punjab are travelling to Lakhimpur Kheri to participate in the protest. Joginder Singh Ugrahan, one of the members of SKM’s coordination committee said, “Over 2,000 farmers from our union went towards Lakhimpur Kheri in buses.”

On Thursday morning, a batch of farmers left for Lakhimpur Kheri from the Jagraon railway station. Several of them also left Wednesday on buses and trains.


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09:49 (IST)18 Aug 2022
In photos | Farmers gather at the venue in Lakhimpur Kheri

The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) — leading the SKM —  has claimed that around 5,000 people are expected to participate in the dharna which will be held in Mandi ground under Kotwali police station area in Lakhimpur Kheri district.

09:03 (IST)18 Aug 2022
Lakhimpur Kheri DM says no permission to SKM for dharna

Lakhimpur Kheri District Magistrate Mahendra Bahadur Singh said the administration has denied the SKM permission to hold the dharna.

“The venue selected by the outfit to hold the dharna is a public place and it will create hindrance for several persons. Another reason for rejecting the permission is the pandemic. The permission was denied in public interest,” he added.

When contacted, Additional Director General (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said the local administration is taking the due course of action.

09:02 (IST)18 Aug 2022
Farmers protest today: Where and when?

The dharna will be held in Mandi ground under Kotwali police station area in Lakhimpur Kheri district.

The 75-hour protest will start at 11 am and around 31 different farm unions from states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab will be participating in it.

08:52 (IST)18 Aug 2022
Farmers protest: What are the SKM's demands?

The SKM is protesting in support of its demands that included the sacking of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni. His son Ashish Mishra is among the accused in the case which claimed five lives.

It is also demanding the release of four farmers jailed in connection with the violence that broke out in October last year in Tikonia area of the district during a protest against the agri farm laws. 

08:49 (IST)18 Aug 2022
Samyukta Kisan Morcha to hold 75-hour dharna in Lakhimpur Kheri

Good morning and welcome to our live blog.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) — an umbrella organisation of farm unions — is set to launch a 75-hour dharna in Lakhimpur Kheri starting Thursday.

Stay tuned as we bring you the latest updates!

Hundreds of farmers from Punjab are travelling to Lakhimpur Kheri to participate in the protest. Joginder Singh Ugrahan, one of the members of SKM’s coordination committee said, “Over 2,000 farmers from our union went towards Lakhimpur Kheri in buses.”

High Court reserves order on bail plea of Ashish Mishra

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on July 15 reserved its order on a bail plea of Ashish Mishra after completing the hearing in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.

Ashish, son of Union minister Ajay Mishra, is accused of running over farmers with an SUV during a farmers’ protest at Tikonia Crossing in Lakhimpur Kheri in October last.

Ashish has been lodged in jail since he surrendered in April.

On February 10, 2022, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court granted bail to Ashish. Following this, the victims’ relatives moved to the Supreme Court, seeking cancellation of the bail granted to Ashish.

On April 18, the Supreme Court cancelled the bail granted to Ashish and asked him to surrender within a week. The apex court also sent the matter back to the high court for reconsideration of whether Ashish should be given bail or not.

Also Read:

What happened in Lakhimpur Kheri on the day of violence?

Sparks that ignited Lakhimpur Kheri violence: MoS’s speech to car that ran over protesters

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First published on: 18-08-2022 at 08:39 IST
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