A meeting between farmer leaders and senior police officials from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana over the farmers’ proposed tractor rally on Republic Day held near the Singhu border on Thursday.
After the meeting, Darshan Pal, Krantikari Kisan Union said that the Central government has denied permission to hold tractor rally on Delhi’s outer ring road due to security reasons. He, however, said that farmers will hold the rally at the same place.
“The Central government has said that tractor parade on Republic Day can not be conducted on Delhi’s outer ring road, due to security reasons. We are clear that we will conduct a tractor parade there only. After tomorrow’s meeting with Centre, we will hold another meeting with police,” he said.
Govt has said tractor parade on R-Day can’t be conducted on Delhi’s Outer Ring Road, due to security reasons. We’re clear that we’ll conduct tractor parade there only. After tomorrow’s meeting with Centre,we’ll hold another meeting with police: Darshan Pal, Krantikari Kisan Union pic.twitter.com/cHrRlTb74U
— ANI (@ANI) January 21, 2021
The police officials said that the outer ring road is “very sensitive” and they would have allowed the parade if it would be held on Republic Day. However, the farmers are determined to hold their rally at the proposed site only.
“To ensure the smooth conduction of the Republic Day parade is the job of the Delhi Police and we are committed to its consummation. We can’t talk of any specific measures still,” Manish Agrawal, Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police (Traffic) said.
The meeting was held at the Singhu border to discuss the route and arrangements for the tractor rally.
“Farmers from across the country will come to Delhi and hold the scheduled tractor rally. I believe that the government will soon realize get some sense and we will do our parade,” said Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav.
On Wednesday, farmer leaders discussed the route and arrangements at a meeting with top police brass at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi for their rally against the agriculture laws.
Meanwhile, farm leaders have said that they would consider the Centre’s proposal to put on hold farm laws for over one year and to form a committee of government and farmer representatives to discuss the laws clause wise and respond at the next meeting on January 22.
“The government said that it is ready to file an affidavit in the court to the effect that it would put the implementation of the laws on hold for one and half a year. They also said that a committee would be formed on MSP and the laws. They said that the government would implement the recommendations of the committee. We will hold a meeting tomorrow and take a decision on the proposal,” Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha said.
on Wednesday, while hearing the pleas on the issue of farmers protest at Delhi borders and the Centre’s plea against the proposed tractor rally by farmers on Republic Day, Supreme Court asked the Centre to withdraw its plea.
Supreme Court asks Centre to withdraw its plea against proposed tractor rally by farmers on Republic Day. https://t.co/PMKgitTQSV
— ANI (@ANI) January 20, 2021
The Supreme Court also issued a notice on the plea filed by Kisan Mahapanchayat to reconstitute the Committee after one member recused from it.
The farmers are protesting against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.