`Dear POTUS….`: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait urges US President Joe Biden to focus on farm laws in meeting with PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi: Hours before Joe Biden’s highly-anticipated bilateral meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait on Friday (September 24, 2021) urged the President of the United States to focus the farm laws. Taking to Twitter, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader tagged POTUS and stated that 700 farmers have died in the last 11 months protesting against the ‘black laws’.

“Dear POTUS, we the Indian Farmers are protesting against 3 farm laws brought by PM Modi’s govt. 700 farmers have died in the last 11 months protesting. These black laws should be repealed to save us. Please focus on our concern while meeting PM Modi,” Tikait tweeted. 

Tikait has been leading the protests of hundreds of farmers who have encamped at the Delhi borders since November 2020 and are demanding that the three contentious farm laws be repealed and a legal guarantee provided to them on minimum support price of crops.

The Centre, however, has maintained that the new laws are pro-farmer and has held 11 rounds of formal dialogues with the farmers.

This is to be noted that during his three-day US visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet with President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday evening. This will be the first in-person meeting between the two leaders after Biden took over as the US President in January this year. 

Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla had earlier informed that Modi and Biden will review ‘robust and multifaceted’ India-US bilateral ties and will hold a discussion to bolster bilateral trade and investment ties. Both leaders will also discuss the current regional security situation following the recent developments in Afghanistan.

Post his meeting with Biden, PM Modi will also take part in the first-ever in-person Quad leaders meeting along with leaders of the US, Japan, and Australia in Washington. 

Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Modi held meetings with his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga, Australian PM Scott Morrison, US Vice President Kamala Harris and also met five global CEOs for potential investment in India. 

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Source: zeenews