Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait has held that farmers will not leave the protest sites at Delhi borders in the wake of the second wave of the pandemic. Asked if he would call off the protests (against the farm bills, which started last year) if the Centre were to ask them to, Tikait said a big no.
Tikait and his supporters have been in for much flak for their stubborn behaviour. At a time when Delhi and Punjab are badly hit by the pandemic, congregations of farmers are posing a health risk.
The English-language media and foreign media have also come in for criticism for not calling out the reckless and criminal behaviour of BKU, which has been carrying out protests against Covid-19 rules. While Kumbh Mela and election rallies have received much attention from the media, the farmers protests have been either glorified or not criticised.