‘Betrayal Day’ to be observed by farmers on Jan 31, says BKU’s Rakesh Tikait
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Rakesh Tikait, the head of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), announced on Sunday that a national “Betrayal Day” would be commemorated on Monday (January 31), alleging that the Union government had failed to keep its promises to protesting farmers to end their agitation over three farm legislation last year.
The announcement from Tikait came a day after he said on Saturday in a tweet in Hindi.
That the demand for a guarantee on MSP will continue. “The families of farmers have lost more than 700 of their loved ones in the movement. Farmers will never forget these days of last year,”
Tikait further claimed that the farmers who had been protesting at Delhi’s borders for more than a year had withdrawn based on promises made by the Centre in a letter dated December 9, 2021, but the pledges had yet to be delivered by the government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in November 2021 that the Centre would recall three of the three farm laws, prompting protests on the outskirts of Delhi by various farm unions, led by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM).
Following the announcement, the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021, was appealed in both chambers of Parliament on the first day of the Winter Session on November 29, 2021, repealing the three laws.
In addition, the Centre announced that a committee would be formed to work on a new framework for the minimum support price (MSP), which, together with the repeal of the three laws, has been one of the main requests from farmers.