Farmers at the meeting said Mewat has always been a peaceful region and blamed “anti-social elements” for lighting the spark that led to riots on July 31.
A mob targeted participants of the Brij Mandal Jalabhishek Yatra that day, leading to an armed clash. Tension had been building up for days on social media with provocative posts.
Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait, who addressed the Kisan Bhaichara mahapanchayat that was organised by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha , said, “If the Haryana government gives permission to take out the Brij Mandal Jalabhishek Yatra in Nuh on August 28, then we will take out a tractor rally. The dates will be decided later at the next panchayat,” Tikait said.
While right-wing outfits on Saturday declared that the yatra would be held on August 28, no permission has yet been given for it.
Taking aim at the ruling party, Tikait said, “The policy of the leader is to indulge people in fights and rule over them. Educate your children, and push them for employment. Don’t send them to riots. We all are Hindus. But there are two types of Hindus – one who operate from Nagpur and the other who are proud Indians and don’t indulge in violence,” he said.
Rajaram Meel, BKU’s state president for Rajasthan, said farmers have vowed to protect peace in Mewat. “We detest violence, and you will see lakhs of tractors on the streets if anybody tries to instigate the same in Nuh-Mewat.”
Former governor of J&K, Bihar, Goa and Meghalaya Satyapal Malik was also present at the mahapanchayat.
Farmers, meanwhile, reiterated their demands for an Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP), which will be a major initiative interlinking the Parvati, Kali Sindh and Chambal rivers, and minimum support price for farmers.
The gathering also opposed the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor.
The project, they believe, is against the interest of farmers due to “arbitrary” land acquisition.