Thousands of farmers gathered at Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh against the Centre’s three farm laws.
The protesting farmers reiterated their resolve to continue with the protest and campaign against the BJP in the coming state elections, NDTV reported.
“They (the Centre) said only a handful of farmers are protesting. Let them see how few are protesting. Let us raise our voices so it reaches the ears of those sitting in parliament,” speaker after speaker declared from the dais.
Around 8,000 security men have been deployed to maintain law and order at the gathering, which is being attended by Rakesh Tikait and other farm leaders.
The historic GIC ground, where the meet is being held – venue for earlier farmer meetings by iconic farmer leader Mahendra Singh Tikait — is jam-packed.
“If the government understands something, it will be good. Such meetings will be held across the country. We need to save the country from being sold… Farmers, workers and young people should be allowed to live,” Rakesh Tikait – Mahendra Singh Tikait’s son — told thousands of cheering farmers.
The farmers have decided to continue with such protests across the state, where they will campaign against the ruling Yogi Adiyanath government ahead of next year’s elections.
They plan to take their message to every village of the state. They also plan to hold an all-India strike on September 27.
The gathering is also a mark of protest against the atrocities by the police they faced in Haryana’s Karnal on August 28.