Tikait pull: Gold spade reward, ballads & extra

Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 31

Punjabi ballads in his praise, an announcement to gift him a gold spade and a request by a supporter to do the kanyadaan of his daughter. After UP and Haryana, support for Tikait appears to be swelling in Punjab too.

Punjabi singers Kanwar Grewal and Ravinder Grewal reached Ghazipur and sang songs in praise of Tikait and in support of farmers’ movement. Flagging off a Delhi Chalo march, Lok Insaaf Party’s Simarjeet Singh Bains said their activists would not only work to strengthen the farm stir, but also honour Tikait by gifting him a gold spade.

“We will reach Ghaziabad on Wednesday. It’s my wish we give a gold spade to our leaders led by Balbir Singh Rajewal and they present that to Tikait on behalf of Punjab farmers,” Bains said.

Earlier, BKU leader Balbir Singh Rajewal had announced that 32 farmer organisations would honour Tikait for rejuvenating the farmers’ movement.

Prof Sukhdev Singh Sirsa of the Progressive Writers Association has written “Tikait Di Vaar” (Ballad of Tikait).

Sirsa said the government wanted to divide farmers on communal lines, but Tikait’s tears defeated its sinister designs. Prof HS Bhatti, former professor from Punjabi University, Patiala, also recited Faiz’s poems for Tikait.

The Pind Bachao, Punjab Bachao Committee has also announced to honour Tikait. “What Tikait has done for this movement is no less than a miracle. He saved not only farmers, but also our future generations’ right to protest,” said Dr Megha Singh.

SAD president and former Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal also met Tikait today. He carried with him water from Punjab. He honoured him with a sword and a siropa.

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