An FIR has been registered in Shivamogga against the farmer leader Rakesh Tikait. In the FIR, Tikait is accused of making a “provocative” speech in the Ritha (farmers’) Mahapanchayat at Shivamogga on March 20, 2021.
The farmer leader was addressing a massive gathering of farmers from Shivamogga city and the neighboring towns and villages. This was the first Mahapanchayat organised in Karnataka and was presided by Tikait, Dr. Darshan Pal, Yudhvir Singh, Chukki Najundaswamy, Kodihalli Chandrashekhar. This event was mainly organised, according to the organisers from Samyukta Horata, to show support to the ongoing farmers’ movement in the country; and to show solidarity with those protesting at the borders of Delhi.
Farmers of Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and several other states across the country have been camping at four borders of Delhi ever since November 26, 2020. The protesting farmers at Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur, Shahjahanpur borders are demanding for legalisation of Minimum Support Price and to call back the three farm laws introduced by the central government.
Speaking at the occasion Tikait had said, ‘today poverty has become a site of business. Large corporates have conspired to loot food from the farmers. Their plan is to store food away from the sites of the poor. This can’t be allowed and the farmers’ movement has to be strengthened to stop these efforts.’ He also said, ‘The youth has to involve themselves in agriculture. They have to work in the fields. They must join the farmers’ movement. The government should consider the consequences of the youth asking for the downfall of the government. This government has to wake up before the youth lose their patience. Any other government would have taken a cue from the movement. This government is a puppet in the hands of corporates. It is our duty to make the government free of the corporates.’