Mega tractor rally on Republic Day to protest against farm laws
On Sunday, the Delhi Police officially gave the protesting farmers permission to stage the planned tractor rally in New Delhi on 26 January. The nod came with a series of conditions, however. The police explained that, but without disrupting the Republic Day parade, the farmers could enter Delhi.
In order to take part in the scheduled rally, farmers from all over the nation are marching towards Delhi. Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan tractors have entered the Tikri border as farmers have been sitting in protest for almost two months. The Delhi police reported that some 15,000 tractors are now present at border points in Delhi and more are expected to arrive soon. Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Rakesh Tikait said on Saturday that about 25,000 tractors from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand will participate in the 'kissan parade' in the national capital on January 26. From the borders of Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur, the tractor rally will hit Delhi. It will pass through Kanjhawala, Bawana, the Auchandi boundary, the KMP Expressway from Singhu and then back to Singhu. It will go to Nagloi from the Tikri border and pass through Najafgarh and the Western Peripheral Expressway. The rally will proceed from the Ghazipur border to the 56-foot road and return to its point of origin via the Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal Expressway. At the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, law enforcement personnel deployed for protection are expected to be on alert for law and order arrangements during the tractor march of farmers.
Thousands of farmers have been protesting on different borders of the national capital since 26 November last year against the three newly enacted farm laws - Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.