Rakesh Tikait, who was a bit player when the protests for repeal of three agricultural laws began but grew to be the face of protests. There were other big farmer leaders from Punjab such as Balbir Singh Rajewal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Darshan Pal and Gurnam Singh Charuni. All of them are missing now when farmers are again heading to Delhi with more demands nearly two years after they forced the government to repeal the farm laws after a protracted siege of Delhi. Now they want a legal guarantee for the minimum support price (MSP) for agricultural produce and implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report, besides many other demands.
The umbrella body that leads the protests now is Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (non-political) which includes two large farmer organisations, BKU (Dallewal) led by Jagjit Singh Dallewal and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha led by Sarvan Singh Pandher. It claims support of 17 farm organisations. Pandher and Dallewal from Punjab and Abhimanyu Kohar from Haryana have been the most visible faces of SKM (non-political) ahead of the February 13 Delhi Chalo march.
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But why are the big faces of farmer protests such as Tikait are staying away from protests this time? While the farmers put up a joint front called Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) throughout the protests, later they split into many opposing factions and unity seen during the protests did not happen again.
The SKM was formed in November 2020 to spearhead the protests against the threeRead more on economictimes.indiatimes.com