Bharatiya Kisan Union has threatened to lay siege to Lucknow on the patterns of Delhi.
Rakesh Tikait, national spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union, said that Uttar Pradesh would be the next major destination for the ongoing farmers' agitation.
"We will turn Lucknow into Delhi and all roads to the state capital will be closed. Our agitation will continue until all three agricultural laws are repealed," he said here on Monday. He said a kisan mahapanchayat would be organised in Muzaffarnagar on September 5 where the strategy for intensifying the agitation would be formulated.
“We have no issue with the Bharatiya Janata Party but with the Narendra Modi government. We will not be browbeaten by the Modi government and the farmers’ agitation will continue till the three agriculture laws are rolled back,” Tikait said.
He said the Modi government was unwilling to bring a law for ensuring the procurement of the agriculture produce on minimum support price (MSP). He claimed that the agitation was not only for the farmers but also for the labourers and working class.
"We will go among the farmers. A huge kisan panchayat will be organised in Muzaffarnagar on September 5. The fourth estate is being targeted and the entire country is being held captive,” Tikait said.
“Uttar Pradesh is a state of agitation. The state advisory price (SAP) of sugarcane has not been increased for four years and sugar mills are yet to make the payment of as much as Rs 12,000 crore to the sugarcane farmer,” Tikait said, adding that electricity was free for farmers in several states but in UP the power tariffs were the highest.
He said in UP, the government was now being run by the police, like in Gujarat.
Meanwhile, activist Yogendra Yadav, who accompanied Rakesh Tikait, said that the ongoing farmers' agitation had brought back the self-respect of farmers and had strengthened their unity.
"We are announcing Mission UP/Uttarakhand. rallies and mahapanchayats will be organised in these states. We are also demanding that toll plazas should be made free for all," he said.