A DAY after their talks with the Centre remained inconclusive, farmer unions protesting in opposition to the brand new agriculture legal guidelines stated they might maintain a “tractor march” on the Jap and Western Peripheral Expressways on January 7, as a “rehearsal” for January 26. The subsequent spherical of talks with the Centre is scheduled to be held on January 8.
Final week, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the umbrella physique of farmer unions tenting on the gates of Delhi to press their calls for, had stated that if their calls for will not be met by January 26, farmers would lead a “tractor parade” into Delhi.
Addressing a press convention on the Singhu border, the place farmers have been tenting since November 26, Yogendra Yadav, political activist and a member of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, stated: “The seventh spherical of talks in seven months with the federal government failed as they’ve refused to repeal the three farm legal guidelines. We’ll go forward with the plan to take out a tractor march on the KMP Expressway on January 7”.
He stated the tractors would go away from the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders, and Rewasan in Haryana, for the Jap and Western Peripheral Expressways, and meet halfway. “This can be seen as a rehearsal of what is going to occur on January 26,” he stated.
Haryana Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Bains stated that the tractor march was scheduled for Wednesday but it surely has been postponed to Thursday protecting in view steady rains.
Haryana DGP Manoj Yadava additionally confirmed that the tractor march has been postponed for a day. The DGP informed The Indian Express that they have been but to take a name whether or not to allow the tractor march on KMP Expressway or not.
“Our talks with the leaders of farmer unions are on. After that we’ll take a name on the difficulty of permission,” he added.
Quoting the data acquired from farmer leaders, a senior police officer stated, “The farmers have dropped the plan of a parikrama (circumambulation) on the KMP Expressway too during which they’d earlier deliberate to cowl your complete stretch of 270 km on the peripheral expressway.”
He added: “As per the brand new plan, now 1,000 tractors will transfer to Tikri border from Kundli border on the KMP expressway. In the identical approach, 1,000 tractors will get on the expressway at Kundli border to maneuver to Tikri border. On the toll plaza on the expressway, they may take U-turns to return to their authentic locations. Related programme will happen from Rewasan village in Mewat district the place a highway connects the KMP. Right here 200-250 tractors will get on the KMP expressway to go as much as Mathura highway in Palwal district to return from there. In the identical approach, round 200 tractors will transfer to Rewasan village from Palwal and can return from there.”
A farmer chief from Haryana, Suresh Koth, stated, “The tractors will transfer to KMP Expressway as a part of rehearsal for our tractor parade scheduled for January 26.”
Farmer leaders have suggested farmers in distant areas of Haryana to carry tractor marches of their respective areas, however nonetheless there are indications that the farmers will transfer to the nationwide capital from many areas of the state. A khap chief from Jind, Azad Singh Palwa stated the farmers will begin shifting to Delhi from the villages early morning.
“It’s a 4-5 hour run for the tractors to succeed in Delhi from villages of Jind. So, we have now recommended that they need to transfer to Delhi early within the morning,” he added.
The leaders of farm outfits have indicated they don’t seem to be going to depart Delhi borders “empty handed” stating “this can be a query of their survival”.
“As an alternative of committing suicide at properties after corporates seize our land, we would favor to battle. We have now already requested the federal government to shoot us or allow us to dwell by repealing anti-farmer legal guidelines,” stated Suresh Koth.
“It is dependent upon the federal government how lengthy they need the stir to proceed. However we have now solely a single agenda — get the three farm legal guidelines repealed,” added Koth, who’s the president of a farm outfit Akhil Bhartiya Sanghrash Samiti.
Farmers plan consciousness drive
“From tomorrow, we will start the fortnight-long Desh Jagran Abhiyan,” stated Yadav.
Tractor rallies can be held throughout the nation to unfold consciousness concerning the farmers’ calls for, he stated, including: “On January 9, we will keep in mind Sir Chhotu Ram on his loss of life anniversary, as he was behind the APMC mandi we try to avoid wasting.”
In Haryana, farmer unions will start an consciousness drive from January 10, during which they may go to the villages and enchantment to residents to take part within the tractor parade on January 26.
“We’ll enchantment to each household to ship a number of tractors and a girl member for the January 26 rally,” stated Joginder Ghasidar, a member of the Bharatiya Kisan Union from Haryana.
“The federal government should comply with the repeal of the three farm legal guidelines and the electrical energy Act. We is not going to comply with something lower than that,” stated Raja Ram, common secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Mahasabha. “Even supposing the nation faces rampant starvation and meals insecurity and there have been greater than 4 lakh farmer suicides, the federal government says the MSP is above the market worth and surplus grain is a matter. This authorities doesn’t care concerning the BPL households,” he stated.
Protests at toll plazas proceed amid rain
Undeterred within the face of extreme chilly and rains, the protesting farmers saved sitting at toll plazas Tuesday to boost their voice in opposition to the controversial farm legal guidelines. Senior farmer leaders together with Koth and Gurnam Singh Chaduni have deliberate visiting the toll plazas from Wednesday to energise the farmers sitting on dharnas there. In the meantime, a senior police officer stated the Haryana Police are keeping track of the developments associated to the farmers’ agitation.
Farmers in Haryana at the moment are making ready for the lengthy haul too. As per plans, farmers will maintain shifting to Delhi borders in tractor-trolleys aside from planning an enormous motion of farmers to the nationwide capital after each few days. As a part of one such plan, the farmers will transfer to Delhi borders from Sirsa on January 15, stated a farmer chief from Fatehabad, Mandeep Nathwan. In the same transfer, hundreds of farmers had moved to Delhi borders from Punjab a couple of days again.
BKU chief visits Jammu
To broaden the agitation additional, Haryana Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) president Gurnam Singh Chaduni went to Jammu to fulfill native farmer leaders Tuesday. Earlier, Chaduni had gone to Patna to carry deliberations with the farmer leaders of Bihar.
After assembly Chaduni, J-Ok Zamindar Discussion board president Abdul Hameed Malik informed The Indian Categorical that the BKU chief’s go to to their area was meant to ship a message that “the farmers from Kashmir to Kanyakumari are in opposition to the farm legal guidelines”.
“A bunch of farmers from Jammu and Kashmir will transfer to Delhi borders Wednesday to hitch the agitators there. We’ll give a memorandum to the authorities of Jammu on January 23 as a part of a name given by the farmer outfits,” stated Malik.
“This isn’t the agitation of a specific space however the farmers throughout the nation have joined this battle. The farmers could belong to any caste, creed or faith however they’re united on this battle. The implementation of those legal guidelines gained’t have an effect on the farmers alone however widespread man too. The corporates could promote the pulses on the price of Rs 400 per kg after buying the identical on the price of Rs 50 kg from farmers,” he added. The farmer leaders suspect the removing of higher cap on shares of important commodities could result in inflation including the corporates could maintain big shares for lengthy to get greater costs of the meals grains bought from the farmers. Nevertheless, the federal government has been insisting the farm legal guidelines have been launched to learn the farmers.
(WITH ENS DELHI)