New Delhi: Thousands of Indian farmers riding tractors today took out a march from protest sites bordering Delhi against three contentious farm sector reform laws passed by parliament last year, and vowed to intensify their agitation if their demand for repeal of the legislations was not met.
Farmers participated in the march with over 3,500 tractors and trolleys quoting Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) chief Joginder Singh Ugrahan as saying.
According to the protesting farm unions, this is just a “rehearsal” for their proposed January 26 tractor parade that will move towards India’s capital city from different parts of adjacent states of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
Farmers set off on today’s tractor march led by BKU leader Rakesh Tikait at around 11am local time amid heavy deployment of Delhi and Haryana police.
“In the coming days, we will intensify our agitation against the three farm laws. Around 2,500 tractors from Haryana participated in today’s march. We want to warn that if the government doesn’t accept our demands, farmers’ protest will be intensified further,” Abhimanyu Kohar, a senior member of Samkyukt Kisan Morcha said.
Braving biting winter chill and sporadic rains, thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and some other parts of the country have been camping at several Delhi border points for the last 40 days, demanding repeal of farm laws, a legal guarantee on minimum support price for their crops and other two issues.
The seventh round of talks between the protesting farmers’ unions and the government ended inconclusively on January 4 as farmer groups stuck to their demand for the repeal of three laws while the Indian government listed out various benefits of the new laws for the growth of the country’s agriculture sector. The Dailystar.net