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Farmers to hold ‘Kisan Parade’ on Jan. 26 if demands not met

Leaders say they will take out tractor march towards Delhi on R-day
Since the inception of their protest, thousands of farmers have arrived on their tractors to different borders of Delhi, as part of the agitation.

Our Bureau, Agencies   |   New Delhi   |   Published 02.01.21, 03:30 PM

Protesting farmer unions on Saturday hardened their position even more and said that they will take out a tractor march towards Delhi on January 26, on Republic Day, if the government does not meet their demands.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is scheduled to visit Delhi on the day as the chief guest of the Republic Day parade, which will be held at Rajpath.


Addressing a press conference, farmer leader Darshan Pal Singh said their proposed parade will be called “Kisan Parade” and it will be held after the Republic Day parade.

The next round of talks between the government and protesting farmer unions is scheduled to be held on January 4. On Friday, the unions had announced that they would have to take firm steps if the meeting fails to resolve the deadlock.

Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav said that it is a “plain lie” that the Centre had accepted 50 per cent of their demands during the sixth round of talks.

“We have got nothing on paper yet,” he said.

After the sixth round of formal negotiations on Wednesday, the government and farm unions reached some common ground to resolve protesting farmers' concerns over rise in power tariff and penalties for stubble burning, but the two sides remained deadlocked over the main contentious issues of the repeal of three farm laws and a legal guarantee for minimum support price (MSP).

Farmer leader Gurnam Singh Choduni said, “In our last meeting, we posed a question to the government that will you buy 23 crops on MSP. They said ‘no’. Then why are you misinforming the people of the country?”

“So far, over 50 farmers have been martyred during our agitation”, he said.

Braving the cold, thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, are protesting at various borders of the national capital for more than a month against these three new laws.

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