Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said that farmers protesting against the agriculture laws will honour the dignity of the prime minister, but while remaining committed to their own self-respect, PTI reported.
“We will honour and respect the dignity of prime minister,” Tikait said, according to PTI. “Farmers don’t want that the government or Parliament bows down to them. [But] we will also ensure that the self-respect of farmers is protected. A middle way should be found…talks should be held.”
Tikait was responding to reporters’ questions on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance that the government was “a phone call away” for talks with farmers. On Saturday, while speaking at an all-party meeting, Modi had made the comment, while reiterating the Centre’s offer to suspend the implementation of the three new laws for one-and-a-half-years.
On Sunday, Tikait thanked the prime minister for his initiative but asserted that the…