State refuses to give permission to Tikait for his farmers’ rally in Yavatmal

MD Singh - Rakesh Tikait

Nagpur : Amid the sharp increase in the positive cases of coronavirus in the region, the Yavatmal district administration on Thursday has refused to give permission to hold a `Maha kisan Panchayat” of farm leader Rakesh Tikait on February 20.

Srikant Taral, the convenor of Maha Kisan Panchayat, informed that they have applied for permission of farmers rally at Yavatmal for February 20. The Tikait meeting is quite significant that Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a “chai pe charcha” in March, 2014 ahead of the 2014 general elections in Yavatmal and promised that his government would provide better remunerative prices to farmers of their produces, create a direct market for the farmers and ensure that the government should behave with farmers, like a friend. “However, nothing was fulfilled by the Modi government in his 7-year tenure and it should be exposed before the farmers in the district where he held the “chai pe charcha” event,” he pointed out.

Tikait, one of the leading leaders of farmers” agitation against the new farm laws near Delhi borders, was scheduled to address the rally at Azad Maidan ground in Yavatmal city on Saturday. He is also supposed to interact with the farmers during his visit in the region.
The organisers of Maha Panchayat and Sanyukt Kisan Morcha leaders Shrikant Taral and Sandip Gidde, said that they have applied to the administration for permission afresh and promised to follow all norms for COVID-19 prevention. “We have given the fresh application for the permission on Thursday evening itself and mentioned in the letter that we would adhere to all the guidelines and norms of the district administration for the prevention of COVID-19,” informs Taral.

The district collector, MD Singh said that looking at the increase in coronavirus cases over the last two days, the Superintendent of Police has given a report that permission should not be given and hence the decision. “Moreover, we have also ordered lockdown in the district from tonight, so we have not given permission for the rally,” he further said.