Farmers protesting against three farm laws at Delhi border are all set to carry out a tractor parade on the occasion of Republic Day on Tuesday. More than 10,000 farm vehicles have moved from Punjab and Haryana to Delhi borders, taking over the highways to the national capital.
The movement of over one lakh tractors from Punjab and Haryana has been expected to enter the national capital, while another 80,000 tractors from Punjab have either reached or are on the way to Delhi borders.
Under the banner of Indian Doctors of Peace and Development, a team of doctors and paramedics are also on its way from Punjab to Delhi to become part of the farmers’ Republic Day tractor parade. They will be present in order to provide medical aid to those in need.
The Delhi Police has granted permissions to farmer unions to carry out a tractor rally peacefully in three routes, originating from Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border points on Republic Day.The police said that the first route will originate from the Singhu border, then move from Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar to Bawana.
The second route will start from Tikri border and pass through Nangloi-Najafgarh and Jharoda. The third route will begin from Ghazipur to Apsara border and Hapur. All these processions will meet at Kundli Manesar Palwal Expressway, the police added.
However, the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee has said they are not satisfied with the kind of permission granted to them. They have decided to meet the Delhi Police today in the morning to decide a time and route for their tractor rally.
Farmer leader Sukhwinder Singh Sabhra said they wanted to go to the old Ring Road but police had given them conditional permission and assigned the portion that comes largely under Haryana.
Meanwhile, farmers from various districts of Maharashtra have been gathering at Azad Maidan to protest against the three agricultural laws enacted by the Centre. In a convoy of 500 vehicles, over 6,000 farmers from across 21 districts have gathered to begin a three day sit in solidarity with protesting farmers at the Delhi border. NCP leader Sharad Pawar will be addressing the gathering today.
A massive rally will be taken to Raj Bhavan and a memo will be submitted before the Governor today, a protestor told news agency ANI. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha which has been leading the Delhi protests has called the rally to intensify and broaden the struggle from January 23 to January 26.