New Delhi: Rakesh Tikait, the national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), who emerged as a big face during the Farmer's movement, has been included in the final list for the '21st Century Icon Award' to be conferred annually by London's Square Watermelon Company. Uttar Pradesh BKU Vice President Rajbir Singh said that the award will be given on December 10.
On the other hand, Rakesh Tikait said that he is not able to go to London to collect the award as I am busy with the agitation. He said he will accept the award when the demands of the farmers are acceded to. Nearly a year after the farmer's agitation, PM Narendra Modi had recently announced the withdrawal of all the three controversial agricultural laws. However, the farmer movement is still not over. Rakesh Tikait and the protesters are demanding compensation to the families of more than 700 farmers killed during the farmers' agitation and legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) of the crop.
There was a clash over the Centre's three new agricultural laws. Even after the repeal of the laws, farmers have already declared a cross-border war with the government on a number of issues like MSP. For this, the farmers' agitation on the borders of Delhi is still going on. The farmers have requested the Government to accede to their demands at the earliest.