Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh:
BJP MP from Bahraich Akshaywar Lal Gond termed farmer leader Rakesh Tikait as a ‘dacoit’ and alleged that the farmers’ movement was getting funds from abroad.
Farmers have been protesting at Delhi’s borders against three agricultural laws, fearing that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system will end, and they will be left at the mercy of big corporations.
Speaking to reporters in Bahraich on Sunday on the completion of four-and-a-half years of the BJP in the state, Mr. Gond said, “(Rakesh) tikait is a dacoit. There is no agitation by the farmers. The protesters are not farmers, they are people from political parties inspired by “Sikhistan” and Pakistan.
“Money is coming from abroad including Canada. This money is for terror funding and agencies are investigating it,” he said.
Mr Gond said people know the reality of the protesters.
“If the real farmers were protesting, there would have been a shortage of food items. Vegetables, milk, grains and fruits would not reach the markets,” he said.
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