After successfully organising a farmers’ protest against three farm regulations that have since been abolished by the Centre, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait has stated that maha panchayats will continue to be held.
“A 10-day Kisan Andolan Mela is organised every year. Farmers’ difficulties will be discussed in Maha panchayats on a regular basis “,Tikait told reporters on Sunday.
However, on January 15, the farmers will hold a review meeting. “We may restart our protest if the administration fails to keep its promises,” the SKM stated in a statement.
On Saturday, the majority of farmers left Delhi’s borders and returned to their homes. Tikait stated a huge group of farmers will leave the Ghazipur Border at 8 a.m. on Sunday.
“People have already begun to vacant the protesting site; it will take 4-5 days.” Tikait stated, “I will go on December 15.”
Rakesh Tikait also acknowledged the media’s involvement in spotlighting the farmers’ protest, implying that it was also responsible for pressuring the government to backtrack on the disputed rules, which is one of the numerous demands farmers had been making for over a year.
Following a large farmers’ protest that lasted nearly 13 months on various Delhi boundaries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on November 19 that the Centre will introduce required bills in the Winter Session of Parliament to repeal the farm rules.
On the first day of the Winter Session, Parliament passed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill on November 29. President Ram Nath Kovind also signed the bill repealing the three farm laws, bringing the process to a close.
Farmers refused to stop protesting, pushing the government to meet their other demands, which included a legal guarantee on the minimum support price (MSP) and the dismissal of police proceedings against them.
The Centre agreed to their demands and provided a formal promise. Farmers then decided to call a halt to their protests, stating that they will return home on December 11 from the protest locations near Delhi’s borders.