In 1987 Shri Mahendra Singh Tikait organised a campaign in Shamli, Muzaffar Nagar, UP demanding the waiving of electricity bills for farmers and became a significant figure. He founded there Bhartiya Kisan Union.
In 1988 Shri Mahendra Singh Tikait organized Bhartiya Kisan Union Rally was at Delhi’s Boat Club lawns with nearly five lakh farmers from western Uttar Pradesh in the entire stretch from Vijay Chowk to India Gate for over a week and compelled the Rajiv Gandhi government to accept his 35-point charter of demands including raising of prices for sugarcane and the waiving of electricity bills for farmers.
In July 1990, Shri Mahendra Singh Tikait organized Bhartiya Kisan Union Rally in Lucknow with over two lakh farmers, with demand for higher sugarcane prices and heavy rebates in electricity dues to Janata Dal Government of Uttar Pradesh and succeeded.
In 1992, Shri Mahendra Singh Tikait dharna in Lucknow with his demand for writing off farmers’ loans up to Rs 10,000 and arranged a Dharna in Ghaziabad, demanding higher compensation towards the acquired land of farmers.