Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait today appealed to US President Joe Biden to “focus” on the controversial land laws passed by the Center when he meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi later today. At least 700 farmers have lost their lives in protests over the past 11 months, the farmers chief tweeted to the US leader, saying “these black laws should be repealed to save us.”
Dear @POTUS, we Indian farmers are protesting against 3 agricultural laws brought in by Prime Minister Modi’s government. 700 farmers have died in the past 11 months while protesting. These black laws should be repealed to save us. Please focus on our concern when you meet with PM Modi. # Biden_SpeakUp4Farmers
– Rakesh Tikait (@RakeshTikaitBKU) September 24, 2021
Mr. Tikait is the spokesperson for Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), which is one of the farmers’ unions that has called for the removal of the three agricultural laws. Farmers fear the three farm laws will do away with the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system, leaving them at the mercy of big business.
Hundreds of farmers led by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha have been camping at Delhi’s borders since November 2020 to demand the annulment of the three laws. Instead, farmers want a new law to ensure a minimum support price (MSP) for crops.
However, the government, which held 11 rounds of formal dialogue with the protesters, maintained the laws are favorable to farmers and offered to amend them.
Prime Minister Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House this evening. This will be the first in-person meeting between the two leaders after Biden took over the presidency of the United States on January 20.