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NEW DELHI: Solidarity amongst farmers on the Ghazipur border protest web site right here confirmed no indicators of waning on Saturday with their leaders reaffirming their resolve to hold on the long-drawn motion in opposition to the brand new farm legal guidelines.
Days after BKU chief Rakesh Tikait’s emotional attraction had galvanised farmers from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to flock to the Delhi-UP border web site, a number of farmers stated, “the fight shall go on against all odds.”
Tikait on Saturday addressed an enormous crowd on the protest web site, which has turn into a brand new point of interest of the agitation after his teary-eyed speech when the variety of farmers at Ghazipur border appeared to have thinned after the January 26 violent clashes.
He reaffirmed the resolve of the farmers on this agitation, saying they’ve fought this battle for over two months now, and “they won’t relent or retreat”.
A person from Amritsar provided water to Tikait on the dais, saying “The tears shed by Tikait ji were not just tears, they were tears of a farmer, from which solidarity has grown.”
In varied camps at Ghazipur border, farmers PTI spoke to nonetheless tremble on the point out of the notorious Red Fort incident of unfurling a spiritual flag from the ramparts of the nationwide monument and the violent clashes that preceded.
“Those people who did it, they are not our people. That faction had an ulterior motive, and what happened on January 26, seemed to be part of a plan by our detractors to defame and weaken our movement which has been going strong,” stated 75-year-old D P Singh, member of the Central Kisan Committee of All India Kisan Sabha.
“Yes, we were emotionally hurt by the incident and all the aspersions cast on us after it, but that incident has not affected our movement, it has only grown stronger, with more solidarity coming from people,” he stated.
At Ghazipur , a mess of green-and-white caps, symbolic of the unions fronting the battle, flags of unions and tricolours, planted on tractors, dot the freeway.
On varied tractors and camps, photographs of legendary leaders corresponding to Chaudhary Charan Singh and Mahendra Singh Tikait, and slogans like ‘I Love Kheti’ and like ‘Garv se Kaho Kisan ke Putra ho’, search to pump up power among the many farmers, whose enthusiasm had ebbed away a bit within the wake of Republic Day incident and fears of a crackdown by safety forces on the evening of January 28.
However, the emotional outburst of Rakesh Tikait once more galvanised individuals and lots of from elements of western Uttar Pradesh continued to stream in on Saturday too.
Pankaj Pradhan, 52, head of Charaura village in Bulandshahr, who arrived within the afternoon together with seven different individuals to Ghazipur border protest web site, turned emotional, recalling the evening of January 28.
“We were all awake, watching Tikait ji crying, some were glued to TV sets, others on mobile phones, and we all felt restless. I was moved to tests too, and women too got emotional. But, his tears touched a chord with everyone, and made them connect stronger to the movement,” he stated.
Farmers additionally got here from Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and different elements of Uttar Pradesh, a lot of whom addressed the gang on the protest web site.
All of them alleged that “attempts were made to malign this movement” and “defame it”, however the agitation has “come out stronger”.
Anil Chaudhary, who got here from Bulandshahr too, rued what occurred at Red Fort and within the streets of Delhi on January 26, and stated, “it did hurt our morale”.
“But, we feel stronger now, and Tikaitji’s tears brought me here. Every person in my village is touched by his emotional appeal. And, our solidarity will only grow from here, even though they may stack up odds against us,” he stated.

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