Delhi Police clears tractor rally, say farmers; police contradicts claim

Clay Curtis
January 26, 2021

Notably, the farmers said the tractor rally will be taken out post noon after the Republic Day parade concludes. It will be a challenging task for us, but the rally will be conducted amid tight security after the Republic Day parade is over, Pathak said at a press conference.

Farmers camping at Tikri will cover areas like Nangloi, Najafgarh, Badli, and Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway, they said.

Yadav said the tractor rally-which is expected to include over two lakh tractors-will not affect the Republic Day parade on Delhi's Rajpath.

Talks between leaders of protesting farmers and the Indian government ended abruptly in a stalemate on Friday when the agriculture minister said he had nothing more to offer than an 18-month suspension of contentious agricultural reform laws.

"According to our intelligence input, 308 Twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan to disrupt the rally to create disturbance". We want a complete repeal of these three laws, and we will not settle for anything less than the repeal of the new farm laws, ' Haryana Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni told PTI.

The route specified is from Singhu Border to Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, Kanjhawala, Bawana to Auchadi.

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However, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava was quoted as saying by the publication, "Farmers have not given us any route in writing".

This came a day after the government asked the farmer leaders to revert by Saturday in case they agree to its proposal to suspend the legislations.

Rakesh Tikait, another BKU leader, said that almost 25,000 tractors will take a part in the "Kisan Gantantra parade", noting that politicians won't be allowed to participate.

"During our village level meetings for collecting ration and other essentials for the protesting farmers in Delhi, the people have opened their hearts with all types of contributions but they are not ready to listen that farmers leaders would agree to any other proposal", said a Kisan Mazdoor Sangarsh Committee leader.

Gurvinder Singh (45) a small farmer with 3 acres of land from Dharamgarh village in Sangrur, said: "It (government) may take time but can not ignore such a large number of protestors..."

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