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We will hold parallel tractor parade on Republic Day: farmer unions

Darshan Pal, president, Krantikari Kisan Union mentioned “We call on all nearby farmers to come to Delhi with their tractors and farm vehicles. The dress rehearsal for this tractor parade in Republic Day will be held on January 6, through a tractor rally on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway. This will be done if our demands are not met during the talks with the government on January 4 and the SC hearing on January 5.”

Mr. Darshan Pal mentioned “This is the plan of action until January 26. There will be a fortnight-long nation-wide campaign to counter the government’s propaganda called “Desh Jagriti Abhiyan” throughout January 6 to 20, which is able to embrace rallies, conferences and dharnas everywhere in the nation. Lohri/Sankarnati will likely be marked as Kisan Sankalp Diwas by burning the copies of the three legal guidelines that farmers need repealed.

“January 18 will be celebrated as Mahila Kisan Diwas to underline the role of women farmers. Azad Hind Kisan Diwas will be marked on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary on January 23 by protesting outside Governors’ official residence in all State capitals.”

In the previous round of talks, Union Ministers – Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal and Som Parkash joined the 40 farm union leaders to partake in their food during the lunch break at the 7th round of talks between Centre and farmers. As per the previous talks, farmers have refused to partake in government’s food, insisting on bringing their own food to Vigyan Bhawan.From what started as a scheduled protest in the national capital on November 26 and 27, 2020, thousands of farmers are still protesting at the borders of Delhi against The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. While the Centre appealed to them to shift to the Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari, only a section of farmers heeded this call. Apart from the 6 rounds of meetings that took place between Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar and the farmers’ leaders, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also met them on one occasion.During the deliberations held on Tuesday, the Centre agreed not to penalise farmers for stubble burning and to continue the present mechanism of giving subsided electricity for agricultural use. Maintaining that the talks were held in a cordial atmosphere, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar appealed to the farmer leaders to send home the elderly, women and children given the chilly winter season. Meanwhile, the unions rejected the Centre’s offer to form a committee to examine the agrarian laws. The next round of discussions on January 4 will focus on the three farm laws and MSP. PM Modi and other BJP leaders have started a massive outreach programme to highlight the benefits of the farm laws. 

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