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Farmers start tractor march in Delhi well ahead of schedule | India News

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NEW DELHI: Thousands of farmers protesting the three farm laws started their first tractor parade in the national capital, long before Delhi police granted them permission for the event.
In Mukarba Chowk in Delhi, security personnel used tear gas against groups of farmers trying to break through barricades and cement barriers with tractors in Mukarba Chowk in Delhi.
While farmers’ unions assured Delhi police that their tractor parade would only begin after the conclusion of Republic Day, farmers camping in Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur began marching towards the national capital on their tractors.
Security personnel tried to convince farmers to adhere to the decided plan, but they did not give in and forced their way into town.
Tractors with flags were seen, men and women dancing on dhols, and locals on both sides of the road shedding petals in the parades.
Farmers also staged their tractor parade in other parts of the country as they intensified their agitation against the three controversial farm laws.
A member of the Sankyukt Kisan Morcha, a 41-union body, which is leading the protest at various border points in Delhi, said those who broke through the barricades belonged to the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee.
An official said police personnel used tear gas against groups of farmers coming from the Singhu border point to disperse them after they tried to march along the outer ring road.
Gyan Singh, 65, from Firozpur in Punjab, walked on foot, saying it is a test of their physical and mental strength, adding that “they will keep walking until the last point.”
“We have been enduring the vagaries of the weather for months. It does not deter us. This should send out a loud and clear message … we accept nothing but a victory,” said Rampal Singh, 62, of the Kaithal of Haryana.
The protesting unions have also announced a march on foot to Parliament on February 1, when the annual Budget is presented, to press for their demands, including the repeal of the three farm laws.
Strong security has been deployed in view of the ‘Kisan Gantantra Parade’ which will move to Delhi from the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border points.
On Sunday, Delhi police had allowed the rally of tractors after the annual Republic Day parade. The protesters were told that they could not interrupt the celebrations on Rajpath, even as farmers insisted that their parade would be “peaceful.”
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at various border points in Delhi since November 28, demanding the repeal of three agricultural laws and a legal guarantee on the minimum price of living. for your crops.
Promulgated in September last year, the three laws have been projected by the Center as major reforms in the agricultural sector that will eliminate middlemen and allow farmers to sell their products anywhere in the country.
However, protesting farmers have expressed fear that the new laws would pave the way to remove the MSP (minimum support price) safety cushion and eliminate the “mandi” (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of large corporations.

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