Sena leader Raut meets Tikait, supports farm agitation

Sanjay Raut & Rakesh Tikait

Mumbai : The Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member and party spokesman, Sanjay Raut on Tuesday met farmers protesting at the Ghazipur border point between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and gave the moral support to its leader Rakesh Tikait.

Raut who met Tikait, along with few Sena MPs, said that like many other opposition parties, his party, too, has expressed its support for their agitation and demanded the withdrawal of the three new farm laws that they have been objecting to.

Ghazipur is one of the many that have sprung up along the national capital’s border over the past two months. This is where the Uttar Pradesh segment of protesting farmers has mostly been camped. It gained prominence since the Republic Day violence in the wake of a viral video of Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, breaking down into tears.

After meeting Tikait, he said, “The way vandalism unfolded here after January 26 and an attempt made to suppress the movement and Tikait, we felt it is our responsibility to stand by the farmers and extend support of the whole of Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, and Uddhav Thackeray saahab.”

After meeting with Tikait, the Sena spokesman Raut said, “We spoke to Tikait sahib, gave our message and expressed solidarity. The government should speak to farmers in a proper way. Ego would not help run the country.”

He claimed that the Udddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra has taken several decisions in the interest of the farmers. The chief minister Thackeray has always stood firmly with the farmers. “On his suggestion, I met the protesting farmers at Ghazipur border today,” he further said.