Farmers’ Protest Live Updates: Over 6,000 farmers from across 21 districts in Maharashtra arrived in Mumbai in a convoy of 500 vehicles to begin their three-day sit-in at Azad Maidan in solidarity with protesting farmers at the Delhi border. Addressing a rally at Azad Maidan, NCP president Sharad Pawar said, “It’s unfortunate that those who are in power don’t care about farmers. Centre refused oppositions demand to refer these laws to select committee. This was a way put to built consensus. But Modi govt insisted it is passed as it was. It is a violation of the Constitution. The process to teach govt a lesson has begun through farmers. There cannot be a compromise on MSP.”
The farmers have gathered under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha’s (AIKS) Maharashtra unit. The rally is part of the call given by Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is leading the Delhi protests, to intensify and broaden the struggle from January 23 to 26. More farmers are expected to join the gathering on Monday. The farmers taking part in the vehicle rally converged at Azad Maidan on January 24 and began a three-day sit-in. On January 25, a massive rally will be taken to Raj Bhavan and a memo will be submitted to the Governor. On January 26, there will be a Republic Day flag hoisting at Azad Maidan.
The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee Monday said they will meet the Delhi Police at 10 am to decide a time and route for their tractor rally as they we were not satisfied with the kind of permission granted to them. “We feel that the kind of permission granted to us for tractor rally is not right. We wanted to go to the old Ring Road but we were given conditional permission & assigned the portion that comes largely under Haryana,” Sukhwinder Singh Sabhra told news agency ANI.
The Delhi Police had on Sunday allowed the farmers’ tractor march in the city on Republic Day and finalised three routes after a week of meetings between farmers and senior police officers, putting in place adequate security arrangements. Haryana authorities have also advised people to avoid travelling to the national capital.
In a press conference, Special CP (Intelligence) Dependra Pathak said, “We held discussions with Bharatiya Kisan Union leaders and there’s an agreement that they will carry out their march after Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath. There should be no disturbance during the parade. We will provide them with adequate security; their march will be peaceful and they will return to the border at the end.”
Farmers to meet Delhi Police to decide Republic Day tractor rally route; security arrangements tightened; NCP chief Sharad Pawar to address farmers’ rally in Mumbai’s Azad Maidan on Monday. Follow this space for the latest updates.
The Haryana Police said there would be disruptions in vehicular movement on the national highway from Karnal and Rohtak towards Delhi from Jan 25-27.
“Traffic on KMP-KGP expressway will also be impacted and interchanges at Kundli, Assaudha and Badli will not be accessible to traffic movement on these dates,” a police advisory said. “Therefore, all commuters are being advised not to use these routes on these dates to avoid any inconvenience,” it added
Farmer leaders had earlier said a group of 500 tractors-trolleys left Amritsar and several others batches from Phagwara, Hoshiarpur and other places of Punjab also moved towards the national capital to take part in the tractor parade.
They also appealed to those participating in the Republic Day tractor march to carry enough ration for 24 hours and ensure that the rally remains peaceful.