Kundan Singh, New Delhi: Today is the 43rd day of the farmers’ agitation against agricultural laws in the midst of a bitter winter.
The intermittent rain over the last few days amid the fierce cold wave has increased the agony of the farmers, who are agitating at different border points connecting Delhi to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Amidst the rains, a large number of farmers have blocked the borders of Delhi.
Eight rounds of meetings have been held between the government and farmer representatives, but no solution has been found so far. On January 4, there was an eighth round meeting between the government and the farmers, but no result was reached in this meeting. Before the next meeting on 8 January, on Tuesday, farmer leaders met on the horoscope border and discussed further strategies.
After the meeting, the farmer leaders said that the tractor parade will be taken out in Delhi on the occasion of Republic Day on January 26.
As there has been no solution to the issue yet, now there is increasing anger among the farmers. The farmers are going to organise a tractor rally today to increase the pressure on the government before the 9th round meeting.
Today the farmers will take out a tractor march on the Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressway. Today, at 11 am, the farmers will go from Ghazipur via National Highway-24 to Dasna from Peripheral Expressway to Palwal and from Palwal will also leave for Ghazipur at 11 am. There they will be a meeting of farmers.
An advisory has been issued by the Police Commissionerate Gautam Buddha Nagar in connection with regard to the tractor rally proposed by various farmers’ organizations. It has been said that the farmers will take out a tractor march from the Ghazipur border to Palwal. Traffic on the peripheral roads are going to be affected till 5 pm due to the farmers’ tractor march.
Senior officers have been deployed in 17 districts of western Uttar Pradesh after the announcement of the tractor march so that any untoward incidents can be prevented. In particular, officers from DIG to ADG level have been sent to all the districts of Meerut Zone and Bareilly Zone.
A large number of farmers have been blocking different borders of Delhi since November 26, demanding the repeal of the new agricultural laws. The farmers have blockaded many border points connecting Delhi to Uttar Pradesh and Haryana including Singhu, Tikri, Palwal and Ghazipur.
Till now eight rounds of negotiations have been held between the government and the farmers, but all the efforts have been inconclusive.
While the farmers are still adamant on the demand for withdrawal of all the three laws, the government is also not ready to withdraw the laws.
At present, there is no solution to the issue. Negotiations also took place between the government and the farmers, but all efforts were inconclusive. The farmers are demanding complete removal of three new agricultural laws.
The farmers’ organizations are not willing to scale down their demands of a repeal of the agricultural laws and guarantee for the minimum support price (MSP) system.