New Delhi: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait today delivered an indirect threat to the central government over the proceeding farmers’ dissent and said that if necessary, they will ploy Russian tractors to enter Delhi.
As per him, the Russian tractors are very powerful and will atomize everything that comes ahead.
“It is a kind of an automatic tractor, when left on gear, it won’t halt and will destroy everything which comes on its way. When necessary, these tractors will be ployed to enter Delhi. We are not taking our tractors anywhere at present, but we have several of these tractors,” said Mr Tikait while speaking to ANI.
The BKU leader has acquired a Russian tractor to the turmoil site at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh boundary.
“This tractor is 53-years-old. As per the protocol of the government, tractors should be removed within 10 years. Anyhow, several such Russian tractors are still functioning. This tractor will go to the National Green Tribunal (NGT)’s office. We will exhibit this tractor to the NGT officials that such tractors are still operating,” agitated Mr Tikait, stating that it is not an infringement of rules to use 53-year-old tractors.
“We have been sitting here on challenge for the last 7 months, isn’t this infringement of the law? If the government hasn’t done anything to settle our protest, how will it halt the tractors from plying on roads?” he said.
Mr Tikait further stated, “These tractors were brought from Russia during the Green Revolution. The speed of these tractors is less but they did a good job on the fields.”
To mark the ending of seven months of the continuing farmers’ turbulence, the farmers are observing ”Save Farming, Save Democracy Day” across the country today and submitted a memorandum to all the Governors in the name of the President of India on this event.
On Saturday, thousands of farmers pushed the blockades aside in Haryana’s Panchkula as they stride towards Governor’s house in Chandigarh to submit a memorandum seeking cancellation of the farm laws.
Farmers have been revolting at the different outskirts of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly approved farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.