Farmers' protest: No going back on Republic Day tractor march, say union leaders

Updated on Jan 22, 2021 07:08 PM IST

After Friday's meeting, which yielded no way out of the ongoing impasse, farmer leaders said the proposed tractor march on Republic Day will take place as scheduled.

Patiala: Farmers take out a tractor march as part of the preparations for their planned tractor parade in the national capital on Republic day, during a protest against the new farm laws, in Patiala, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_22_2021_000069B)(PTI)
Patiala: Farmers take out a tractor march as part of the preparations for their planned tractor parade in the national capital on Republic day, during a protest against the new farm laws, in Patiala, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_22_2021_000069B)(PTI)
Written by Poulomi Ghosh

The proposed tractor march on the occasion of Republic Day on January 26 will be held as scheduled and there will be no going back on this, Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said on Friday, after the 11th meeting between the Centre and the farmers failed to find a middle ground.

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After Friday's meeting, the farmers said they felt insulted as they were made to wait for hours after which the ministers told them to reconsider their proposal of staying the implementation of the laws for 1.5 years.

The issue of the Republic Day parade reached the Supreme Court which asked the Delhi Police to take a final decision on whether to allow farmers' tractor march in Delhi or not. Two meetings between farmers' representatives and police officials have been held in which Delhi Police asked them to take out their march on Kundli border, but farmers have said they will take out the march on the Outer Ring Road. It will be a peaceful march with no intention to disrupt the government's Republic Day parade. So as of now, Delhi Police have not given permission to hold tractor march as the farmers have planned.

Farmers are planning to display tableaux of all many states in the tractor parade like it happens in Republic Day's parade.

While thousands of farmers have been protesting at Delhi border points since November 26, several others in the past few days have been on their way to join the tractor march.

The march has been a much-anticipated movement of the ongoing protest as the unions have been planning for this for long.

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