Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait’s statement that there could be a war in the country if the agriculture laws, passed by the Parliament last year, are not rolled back has come in for criticism. Tikait has been the most prominent farm leader, representing the interests of Punjab and Haryana farmers, among others.
Several commentators have called out Tikait for the “irresponsible” remarks. Kanchan Gupta, who is currently an advisor to the Modi government, said that Tikait can’t win a panchayat election in his backyard in Uttar Pradesh. “He is making a mockery of himself to grab space in obliging media and is threatening a ‘civil war’. Each day fetches unhinged rant from him,” he tweeted.
“This attention-seeking hack never really represented farmer’s interests but was proactively trying to prevent their economic liberation. Farmers saw through it which is why he lost his support,” opined Karan Bhasin, the columnist.
Recently, in the UP panchayat polls, BJP won big in his bastion Muzzafarnagar.