Farmer unions have begun holding tractor rallies at villages in Punjab to mobilise folks for their deliberate tractor parade in Delhi on Republic Day. Already tractor rallies have been held in locations like Nawanshahr and Gurdaspur as a build-up to the proposed January 26 occasion, farmer leaders mentioned.
More are deliberate over the subsequent two days.
Farmers build up support for R-Day tractor march
“There is a great enthusiasm among people in Punjab to become part of the tractor parade,” Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) common secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan mentioned on Tuesday. He claimed that 5 to 10 tractors are prepared to depart for Delhi from many villages, and in some over 50 are lined up. We are absolutely geared up for a tractor parade. We have given a name for taking out tractor marches in all villages within the state on January 20 and 21 in view of the January 26 tractor parade,” mentioned Kokrikalan.
“We are taking out tractor marches to make people aware of the January 26 tractor parade,” a farmer who took half in a rally in Gurdaspur mentioned.
He mentioned the goal is get the utmost participation potential for the Republic Day occasion to press for the repeal of the three “black laws” on farming.
Another farmer mentioned they needed to let the federal government know that there are nonetheless many tractors left in Punjab, even after the massing of tractor-trolleys by farmers protesting at Delhi’s border.
“We nonetheless have numerous tractors again residence that can transfer in direction of Delhi for the tractor parade,” one other farmer mentioned.
Farmer unions have introduced that they might maintain the parade on Delhi’s Outer Ring Road as a part of the protest in opposition to the brand new agri-marketing legal guidelines enacted on the Centre.
Farmers tractor march vs administration preparedness
In the Supreme Court just lately, the Centre had sought an injunction in opposition to the January 26 rally or any protest that would disrupt the official celebrations that day. But the apex court docket mentioned the police had all of the authority to take care of the matter.
Farmer unions have mentioned they deliberate to carry their parade on the periphery of the nationwide capital and wouldn’t disrupt the official Republic Day occasion.
Over 20,000 tractors might entre Delhi on R-Day
Bhartiya Kisan Union (Sidhupur) president Jagjit Singh Dallewal mentioned 20,000-25,000 tractors would come to Delhi from Punjab alone for the deliberate parade. Farmers with their tractors will depart for Delhi later this week, union leaders mentioned.
“Our batches will start moving towards Delhi from January 23 and 24,” Kokrikalan mentioned.
Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee common secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher mentioned their batches will head for the capital on January 20 and January 22.
BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) vice chairman Harinder Kaur Bindu mentioned girls who’re tenting on the Delhi border and people who come later from Punjab will participate within the parade.
“Several women will also drive tractors on January 26,” she mentioned.
Kokrikalan mentioned bulletins are being made from gurdwaras and from autos fitted with loudspeakers for mobilising folks for the parade. Farmer leaders have earlier mentioned their tractors would fly the nationwide flag and in addition carry the flag of their organisations.
Protests in opposition to farm legal guidelines proceed
Thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been tenting at Delhi’s borders for a number of weeks, demanding the repeal of the farm legal guidelines and a authorized assure on the minimal support value for crops.
They declare that the brand new legal guidelines would weaken the MSP system. But the Centre says the MSP system will stay and the brand new legal guidelines solely present extra choices for farmers to promote their produce.
(With inputs from PTI)