New Delhi: Thousands of farmers protesting near Delhi borders have threatened to hold a tractor rally – ‘Kisaan Parade’ in the national capital on Republic Day if the central government does not agree to their demand to repeal the contentious agricultural laws by then. “On January 23, we will hold marches towards Governors’ Houses in different States, and ‘tractor Kisan Parade’ will be held on January 26 in Delhi”, said Krantikari Kisan Union President Darshan Pal on Saturday. Also Read - World's Biggest Vaccination Drive to be Launched Today, Farmers-Centre Talks Reach no Conclusion: Check Top Headlines at This Hour
Notably, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be in the national capital on January 26. He will be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade which will be held at Rajpath. Also Read - Farm Laws Stir: Police Stop Congress Workers With Water Cannon in Punjab; Hooda, Other Leaders Detained in Haryana
Meanwhile, Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav said it is a ‘plain lie’ that the government had accepted 50 per cent of the farmers’ demands. Also Read - Deadlock Continues as Centre-farmers Talks Remain Inconclusive, Next Meet on Jan 19
“We have got nothing on paper yet. If our demands are not met till Jan 26, then farmers will hold ‘Kisan Gantantra Parade’ in Delhi. We appeal to farmers from adjoining areas of national capital to be prepared and request every farmer family of the country to send a member to Delhi if possible”, said Yadav.
Notably, thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting at borders of Delhi for over a month against the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
While the government has projected the ordinances as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country, the protesting tillers have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of Minimum Support Price (MSP) and do away with the mandis, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.