In what could be a major relief for security agencies and the Union government, the farmer leaders have clarified that the tractor rally scheduled on January 26 will take place on the Haryana-Delhi border. They have clarified that the agitating farmers have no plans to disrupt the Republic Day Parade at Red Fort.
In an open letter to farmers, Balbir Singh Rajewal of the Bharatiya Kisan Union has said that the tractor rally will be held at the Delhi-Haryana border and not at Red Fort as is being claimed by some people. He has also urged the farmers to refrain from joining separatist elements who are trying to derail the tractor march.
Notably, farmers have been urged to assemble in large numbers at the Delhi borders on January 25 for the proposed tractor rally on Republic Day. The appeal has been made by All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee.
Earlier on Monday, the Union government had approached the Supreme Court through Delhi Police seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor rally or any other protest that affects the Republic Day celebrations in Delhi.
The Delhi Police, citing security agencies, said that small groups of protesting individuals or organisations have planned a tractor march on January 26. The Supreme Court has issued notice to farmers’ unions seeking a reply from them on the issue.
SC suspends farm laws
Earlier, farmers groups welcomed the Supreme Court’s order to put on hold three controversial farm laws but have rejected the committee of experts set up to handle negotiations to end the agitation.
Farmers’ groups claimed that the committee includes members who have favoured the laws. The union said all members of the SC committee have been pro-government and they have been justifying the laws.
“We think the government is bringing this committee through the Supreme Court to divert attention,” Balbir Singh Rajewal of the Bharatiya Kisan Union had told the media at the protest site at Singhu border outside Delhi.
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