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The police give a nod “in principle” to the demonstration of agricultural tractors on Republic Day | India News

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NEW DELHI / BATHINDA: Protesting farmers will enter the capital and perform the ‘Kisan Gantantra Parade’ (Peasants’ Republic Day), driving tractors on five different routes covering around 100 km, on January 26 and Delhi Police on Saturday will finally allow them to march peacefully.
However, farmers will not be allowed to stay in the city after their tractors leave, with carts as squares representing the state of farmers and agriculture in India. They will have to leave the capital and return to the border points where they have been stationed since November 26. The police will remove the barricades at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders for the January 26 march.
“The farmers will move into Delhi from five different points (Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur, Palwal and Shahjahanpur) and will cover around 100 km. The march will be completely peaceful. The finer points of the routes will be announced on Sunday. It will be a historic parade, ”said Yogendra Yadav of Jai Kisan Andolan after the fifth meeting of farmers union leaders, including Darshan Pal, Yudhvir Singh and Gurnam Singh Chaduni, with Delhi police on the issue.
Delhi police sources confirmed that an approval had been granted “in principle” to farmers protesting for the tractor demonstration on January 26. Police received a written request from the farmers late Saturday and said they were examining it.
While the exact routes have not yet been revealed, the farmers’ unions had largely agreed not to take any routes that could affect the security and public order of Republic Day. The Delhi police had informed the farmers how the movement and safety of the dignitaries will be affected due to the rally on Ring Road, as there are multiple routes, including the contingency route established as part of the security drill.
Rajinder Singh Deep Singhwala from Kirti Kisan Union said it was a “step towards victory,” he said: “Today it has become clear that the people are a stronger force in the country. The Delhi police and the central government had to bow to the power of the farmers. Our fight will continue until the agricultural laws are repealed. ”
Union leaders said that although police had not given a deadline to complete the march, it can be anywhere from 24 hours to 72 hours from January 26. They said it will not disturb any official function with Yogendra Yadav saying that protesting farmers will not. in “any form of commitment to the security and prestige of the country.”
“The heart of the matter is being resolved. All farmers who arrive at the border points of different parts of the country will participate in the march. They will return to the border points after the march. The exact deadline will be given on Sunday, ”said Darshan Pal.
The permit for the march of tractors into Delhi comes a day after the farmers’ talks with the government failed when the Center asked them to “reconsider” their proposal to suspend the implementation of the laws for 18 months to keep moving forward.
Meanwhile, Punjab farmers’ unions discussed the government’s proposal in a separate meeting on the Singhu border on Saturday and reiterated their position to reject any such offer. Although some agricultural unions in Punjab had previously wanted to accept the government’s proposal, the consensus on Saturday remained against the proposal. Unlike on January 21, when 17 agricultural groups in Punjab rejected the proposal and 15 were in favor of accepting it, no vote was held on Saturday.
A senior agricultural leader, on condition of anonymity, said: “No agricultural leader, even if they had been in favor of accepting the Center’s proposal, will speak openly about it, as the proposal was rejected with a voice vote.”
(With input from Sakshi Chand)

Times of India

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