NEW DELHI—Farmers in huge numbers gathered at the Kisan Mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar’s Sisauli village of Western Uttar Pradesh on Friday to discuss how to further conduct the protest against the three central farm laws, after Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait became emotional at the Ghazipur protest site bordering Delhi and said that BJP supporters with the help of the police wanted to kill the protesting farmers.
Reports reaching here said that farmers, particular Jat farmers from Western UP districts as well from neighbouring Haryana, came in large numbers in tractor trolleys to attend the grand farm meeting.
Among the prominent faces to attend the meeting included Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Jayant Chaudhary. Jayant told the gathering that farmers will not surrender. Jayant’s father Ajit Chaudhary had talked to Rakesh Tikait over phone on Thursday and expressed his party’s support to the BKU. Ajit Chaudhary had appealed for unity among farmers.
Reports say that Congress, Samajwadi Party, apart from RLD have come out openly in support of the farmers agitation, making the agitation BJP vs the rest. With this, the Western Uttar Pradesh seems to be emerging as the new epicentre of the protest against three controversial farm laws. The protest initially began from Punjab four months ago, with Haryana farmers joining them afterwards and Western UP farmers joining subsequently.
The reports of farmers reaching the Mahapanchayat venue created panic among the locals in Muzaffarnagar town, with shop owners in several areas downing their shutters. Three police station offices in Muzaffarnagar city were also reported to have been locked out, with no one giving any reason for it.