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From Vociferous Critic of BJP for 10 Months to ‘Hassle-shooter’ in Lakhimpur Kheri

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Farmer chief Rakesh Tikait has been probably the most vociferous critic of the BJP authorities for the final 10 months — he has been blocking one half of the Ghazipur Border to Delhi and has even toured election-bound states like West Bengal to rally in opposition to the BJP. However Tikait has emerged as an unlikely ‘trouble-shooter’ for the BJP authorities in Lakhimpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Pattern this: On Tuesday, after a compromise truce struck between Tikait and the federal government a day earlier threatened to break down as households of the 4 lifeless farmers refused to cremate the our bodies, it was Tikait who took the mantle of visiting every household to persuade them.

Besides the physique of farmer Gurvinder Singh which can endure a second post-mortem now because the household suspected he was shot, the our bodies of the three different farmers had been cremated on Tuesday night after Tikait’s intervention. Tikait additionally visited the household of the slain journalist, Raman Kashyap, and stated Kashyap “was very a lot a farmer too”. On Monday, Tikait had a joint press convention with UP’s high cop Prashant Kumar.

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“The function performed by Tikait may be very unusual. He was the one one allowed entry into Lakhimpur by the UP authorities. It was very shocking that the households agreed to a Rs 45 lakh compensation and gave permission for a autopsy with out urgent upon for the arrest of the Union minister’s son who has the truth is not been arrested even until now. Our conversations with the households present they simply listened to Tikait,” an opposition chief advised News18, wishing to stay nameless on this problem.

One other opposition chief pointed to a “mediator” function performed by an IPS officer and former Noida SSP Ajay Pal Sharma who’s posted with UP’s ‘Dial 122’ Service. He was dispatched to Lakhimpur given his previous contacts there.

What all has Tikait Accomplished?

“The UP authorities despatched such a high-level workforce so a compromise was achieved,” Tikait stated on Monday after a shock joint press convention with the UP authorities workforce the place Tikait on the behalf of the households of the 4 lifeless farmers accepted the Rs 45 lakh compensation, promise of a authorities job, and top-level probe and an FIR in opposition to the accused.

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The calls for had been negotiated after a sequence of rounds of talks between Tikait, the households and the federal government. The households earlier needed the arrest of the minister’s son and expulsion of the Union minister however lastly didn’t insist and agreed for the autopsies. Tikait was allowed entry into Lakhimpur late on Sunday night time by administration whereas all politicians had been blocked.

On Tuesday, nonetheless, the compromise appeared to fall by as all 4 households refused to cremate the our bodies. The night time earlier, RLD chief Jayant Choudhury had managed to go to these households whereas Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Akhilesh Yadav are stated to have spoken to the households on telephone.

The households on Tuesday insisted that the minister’s son be arrested first and all our bodies should endure an post-mortem once more as no bullet-wounds had been mirrored within the first autopsies. A TMC delegation of Sushmita Dev and Dola Sen additionally reached the households by afternoon, and a decision appeared powerful.

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However enter Tikait once more. He visited all 4 households throughout the day and held talks with them once more, upon which three of the households agreed for the cremation to be held within the night, in what was a giant reduction to the federal government.

The fourth household, of Gurvinder Singh, didn’t agree however with Tikait’s intervention, it has been ensured {that a} workforce of medical doctors from PGI will come to Bahraich and conduct the second post-mortem because the household suspects he was shot. Two of the farmer households have the truth is additionally accepted cheques of Rs 45 lakh every from the federal government on Tuesday night.

Tikait on his half spoke harshly in opposition to the minister and stated there have to be powerful motion on him and his son. He additionally stated farmers will embark on their subsequent technique of agitation as soon as the mourning interval of the 4 farmers is over. For now although, the curious case of Tikait and his function in Lakhimpur is a subject of a lot debate.

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