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Today marks the completion of eight months of the ongoing movement by the farmers of the country against the three infamous Farm Bills, a movement that has made international history. On Monday, the national spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union, Rakesh Tikait, has warned the Central Government of turning Lucknow into Delhi. He has mentioned that all roads that lead to Lucknow will be sealed by the farmers after the 5th of September, when a big Kisan Panchayat will be held, in Muzaffarnagar.
The demands of the farmers remain the same: the complete rollback of the three Farm Bills, which, according to them, will monopolize the grain market and force farmers to give into contract farming.
The leaders of the agitation mentioned that electricity for farmers - despite being free in many other states - is not free in Uttar Pradesh. The rate for sugarcanes has remained the same for the past 4 years, while wheat had to be sold at a price lower than the MSP, despite claims by the state government to purchase the crop at its MSP.
The farmers have said that they are announcing a Mission UP/Uttarakhand, in order to oppose the BJP - the ruling party at the center - at every step.