Stalwart farmer leader and president of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) Mahendra Singh Tikait breathed last on Sunday morning at the residence of his elder son in Muzaffarnagar, UP.
Tikait was suffering from cancer and liver problem since quite a long time and succumbed to his illness at his son Rakesh Tikait's residence at around 7am. He was 76 and is survived by four sons and two daughters.
His mortal remains would be kept in Muzaffarnagar till 4pm and thereafter would be shifted to his native village Sisauli, headquarters of BKU, where it will be kept at Kisan Bhawan for public to pay their last respects.
His last rites would be carried out at his village on Monday afternoon.
Mahendra Singh Tikait emerged as a popular farmer leader after Choudhary Charan Singh and he raised many issues of farmers. At times, union and state government bent before this leader who kept the BKU united even at the time of crisis.