Farmers’ Protest: Drones Deployed To Monitor Farmers’ Tractor Rally In Parts of Delhi
Ahead of the night round of talks with the government, thousands of farmers perched on their tractors in various parts of Delhi to “rehearse” for the rally, which will be held on Republic Day this month.
We all are aware of the fact that thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and some other parts of the country have been camping at several Delhi border points since November, demanding a repeal of farm laws, a legal guarantee on minimum support price for their crops and other two issues. And, now, ahead of the ninth round of talks over the new agricultural laws that have sparked a furore across the country, on Thursday, thousands of farmers took out tractor-march from protest sites of Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders and Haryana’s Rewasan. As per the reports, tractor march started from four different points — Singhu to Tikri Border, Tikri to Kundli, Ghazipur to Palwal and Rewasan to Palwal.
As per the video floating online, perched on the tractors, protesting farmers moved through the protest sites, with speakers on their vehicles. On the other hand, as the farmers started the tractor march around 11 am and moved towards Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway, there was a heavy deployment of Delhi Police personnel and their counterparts from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. As per Bharati Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) chief Joginder Singh Ugrahan, farmers participated in the march with over 3,500 tractors and trolleys. Coming to the latest update about the round of talks between farmers’ and the government, the last meeting, which was held on January 4, failed to break the stalemate with farmers.
Meanwhile, amid this, SC cited a large congregation at the Tablighi Jamaat’s headquarters in Delhi in March that was blamed for a sharp increase in Covid-19 infections. The SC also asked the Centre what guidelines had been put in place to prevent a similar situation at the farmers’ protest sites on the Capital’s borders.
On the other hand, a few days back, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said he remains hopeful of a solution in the next meeting on January 8, that is today. Another round of talks between protesting unions and three Central ministers ended inconclusively, which was held on January 4. It is said that the farmer groups stuck to their demand for the repeal of three laws, while the government listed out various benefits of the new Acts for the growth of the country’s agriculture sector. The government had sent a draft proposal to the protesting farmer unions, last month. The draft suggested about eight amendments to the new laws and a written assurance on the MSP procurement system.
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