‘Welcome to Sisauli, the land of Mahendra Singh Tikait’. So declares a board on the front of Sisauli village in Muzzafarnagar in west UP the place the Tikaits looked as if it would have misplaced relevance because the patriarch gave up the ghost a decade in the past.
However that’s now not the case. “Rakesh vanvaas pe hain. Jeet ke vaapis aayenge toh raj-tilak hoga (Rakesh Tikait is on a mission, he will come back to a heroic welcome),” a circle of relatives elder says on the Tikait place of abode, insisting upon a lunch of potato-carrot curry, desi ghee rotis and buttermilk.
Locals in Sisauli say it’s Rakesh Tikait, Mahendra Tikait’s more youthful son, whose stout resistance on the Ghazipur border for a yr made the Narendra Modi govt retreat at the farm laws. Some others say it’s Mahendra Tikait’s elder son and the president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, Naresh Tikait, who has been the brains.
“Farmers elected a BJP government in UP in 2017. But it looks difficult for the farmers to vote for the BJP this time (in 2022)… given the opposition the party is facing from farmers,” Naresh Tikait informed News18. He says the BJP must do a lot more in UP than repeal the 3 farm regulations to woo the farmers this time. “Farmers think they have been duped and are at complete loss. No farmer is happy here — be it the issue of high electricity and diesel prices or inadequate increase in sugarcane procurement price,” he says. Naresh, on the other hand, provides that he welcomes the PM’s announcement on repealing the regulations.
Within the Tikait family and place of work, locals talk of the emerging enhance for Jayant Chaudhary’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). “Modi government had promised to double farmers’ income but it is farmers’ expenses that have doubled,” says Naresh Tikait’s son Gaurav Tikait, who could also be the early life president of the farmers’ union.
He additionally turns out extra appreciative of the Samajwadi Celebration-RLD mix. “The biggest USP of the Yogi Adityanath government is that they improved law and order. But that is due to the ‘Dial 100’ police vehicles that come for help and were started by Akhilesh Yadav as CM,” Gaurav tells News18.
In Sisauli, phrase is that whilst Rakesh Tikait’s “tears” became the tables at the govt after there was once an try to uproot farmers from the Ghazipur border, it’s Naresh Tikait’s control and mobilisation energy that resulted in the large Mahapanchayat of farmers in Muzzafarnagar in September. “Farmers filled the big GIC ground in Muzzafarnagar to the brim on Naresh Tikait’s call. That sent a clear signal to the Yogi government that in west UP, the mood had changed,” say Harbir Singh and Narinder Singh, veteran farmers associated with Tikait’s circle of relatives.
BJP leaders in west UP wait for a competition between the Tikait brothers and Jayant Chaudhary going into the elections, however the Tikaits don’t talk in poor health of Jayant up to now. “It is up to the farmers who they vote for. We never tell farmers whom to vote for and no political party should be mistaken that we will be influenced by them to say so,” Naresh Tikait tells News18, announcing each brothers is not going to move at the political platform of any birthday party.
Gaurav issues to the farming implements that decorate the Tikait drawing room as items from farmers, announcing that is Mahendra Tikait’s legacy.