Rakesh Tikait has been instrumental during the ongoing farmers’ protests. He has a considerable popularity in western Uttar Pradesh.
Rakesh Tikait is one of the persons who have come out to be a leading voice in the ongoing farmers’ protests. With his considerable popularity in western Uttar Pradesh, Tikait’s leadership has been instrumental during the protests. Many farmers trust him in taking the movement forward against the controversial farm laws.
Since the chaos that took place during the farmers’ tractor rally on the Republic Day, Tikait has been in the limelight, with some questioning him for his role in the violence. The police have filed an FIR against Tikait as well.
Rakesh Tikait is a son of a revolutionary farmer leader who led the farmers’ protest in Delhi. His father, Mahendra Singh Tikait was a tall farmer leader who led lakhs of farmers to protest in Delhi against the Rajiv Gandhi government .
Rakesh Tikait was a Sub Inspector. When his father led the farmers
stir during the 90s, he faced political pressure to convince his father to call it back. As he couldn’t handle the pressure from his superiors, he quit his job and joined the farmers in their agitation.
Rakesh Tikait was born in the Sisauli village of Muzaffarnagar on June 4, 1969. He pursued his MA from the Meerut University. He later pursued LLB as well.
Rakesh Tikait is the national spokesperson of the BKU, which is one of the leading organisations agitating against the Centre’s farm laws. His elder brother, Naresh Tikait, is the National President of the BKU.
Rakesh Tikait contested the UP Assembly election from the Khatauli assembly seat in Muzaffarnagar as an independent in 2007, but he lost the election. He later contested the Lok Sabha election as a candidate of the Rashtriya Lok Dal from Amroha in 2014, but he lost the poll again.