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Tikait threatens to transform govt offices into mandis if forcibly removed

New Delhi, Oct 31: Rakesh Tikait, who is spearheading the farmers’ agitation under the umbrella of Bharatiya Kisan Union, on Sunday threatened to step up their agitation and convert the government offices into mandis if attempts are made to forcefully remove them from the protest site.

In a tweet on Sunday, Tikait said they would convert offices across the country into ‘galla (cereal) mandis’.

His statement comes against the backdrop of the Delhi police removing barricades from Gazipur and Tikri borders last week that have seen huge farm protests since last year over the passage of three contentious farm laws. These places were shut for almost a year, blocking vehicular traffic and causing inconvenience to the people.

Tikait’s remarks could be attributed to the perceived level of anxiety and apprehensions among the farmer leaders fearing police action against them at the Singhu border, the nerve centre of the protestors, especially in light of the removal of the barricades.

News agency quoted Tikait as saying that farmers will set up tents at police tents if their tents are removed. “We have come to know that the administration is trying to pull down the tents here with the help of JCB. If they do that, the farmers will set up their tents at police stations and DM offices”.

Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), on the other hand, saw the removal of police barricades as vindication of their assertion that it was, in fact, the police and not the farmers who had put the barricades.

The farmers and the government have had several rounds of talks to end the protest, but a solution has eluded both sides so far.

The protestors are insisting on nothing less than repealing the three farm laws,  a stand that has been outrightly been rejected by the Narendra Modi government.

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