Updated: February 3, 2021 11:28:02 am
Amid growing support to the farmers’ agitation in Haryana, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait will address a Kisan Mahapanchayat at Kandela village of Jind district Wednesday.
Kandela khap president Tek Ram Kandela said the mahapanchayat is being held in a stadium spread over seven acres of land. “We have arranged food and tea for 50,000 persons. There will be 2,000 volunteers to see arrangements of mahapanchayat,” added Ram Kandela.
Soon after the authorities tried to evict farmers from Ghazipur border of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in the late evening of January 28, the farmers from Kandela and neighbouring villages had blocked the Jind-Kaithal highway in solidarity with the agitating farmers at Ghazipur.
“The farmers from Haryana had turned angry when they saw the entire episode on TV channels. Our villagers said if anything happens to Rakesh Tikait, then the farmers of Haryana won’t sit idle,” said Tek Ram Kandela.
After the incident, a large number of farmers held meetings to condemn the alleged “atrocities” on the protesting farmers. Some had even moved to the Delhi border the same night.
Earlier too, Kandela has been a centre of farmer agitation in Haryana. In 2002, the farmers had launched an agitation demanding waiver of electricity dues. As many as six farmers were killed in police firing, but the agitation had continued.
Tekram Kandela said at Wednesday’s event, issues including the demand to repeal the farm laws and a legal guarantee of the minimum support price will be taken up.
“The Centre should talk to farmers and immediately find a resolution as thousands of farmers have been holding the agitation for months now. The prime minister should himself talk to the farmers to find an early solution,” Kandela said.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines