New Delhi: After the failure of continuous meetings between farmers and the Indian government, farmer bodies all across the country called a tractor rally naming it farmers’ parade on January 26 (Republic Day of India). Farmer groups throughout India are pushing the measures to make tractor rally a historical event.
As per Census India, there are over 12,729 villages in only the Punjab region – one of the front protesters in the agitation against the government – and each village has promised to send an average of 5, which sums up a total of around 64,000 tractors. Nevertheless, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and all other states’ farmers
will also join the protest taking the total number of tractors to around 100,000. This count can outnumber dramatically as the protest date is moving closer.
Harnam Singh Gill, a senior political analyst, elaborates that a single tractor usually carries around five persons, and sometimes, if there is a trolly attached, the number can vary from 100 or less. While taking a minimum number of 5 for each tractor, Gill said, “It is clear that more than 500,000 people are certain to join the protest parade on January 26.”
Leaders of all farmer organizations are working tirelessly to make it peaceful and integrating with local police. According to Gill, union leaders have committed that they will not interfere with the Republic Day’s parade at Rajpath. The tractor rally will be carried out more than 10 kilometers away from the official venue of the Indian Republic Day parade.
Haryana not in the mood to repeat the mistake
Haryana’s Khattar government had earlier on November 25 imposed a ban on farmers gathering at Ambala’s Anaj Mandi (Grain Market) and installed roadblocks to halt gatherings. Farmers’ assembly at Delhi border after smashing all government barriers at Shambhu border and other shows that BJP led Haryana Government has learned a lesson. Now the government is on the backstep as police did not erect an obstruction while hundreds of tractors are marching towards the protest site near Singhu Border.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha has decided to provide Rs 100,000 out of the financial assistance given to the kin of farmers who lost their lives during the Kisan Sangharsh (Farmers’ Protest). Farmer Leader Rajinder Singh Deep Singh Wala said, “So far about 130 farmers have sacrificed their precious lives, and this assistance would be extended to the families of all of them this month.
Farmers have also committed to a unique tactic by mounting the Indian flag in respect of the national Republic Day while expressing protest against newly introduced three farm laws by Modi led BJP Government.