The second round of discussions between the farmer unions and police regarding the proposed January 26 tractor rally held today remained inconclusive. Farmers stood strong for their demand to take the tractor rally on Delhi’s Outer Ring Road.
Delhi Police urged that the farmers either cancel the rally or conduct the rally at Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway as they cannot let the tractors march in the Outer Ring Road in light of Republic Day. The farmers stated they will take out a “peaceful” tractor rally and requested the police to not force them to shift. Both the parties failed to reach a common ground.
According to media reports, General Secretary of Jamhuri Kisan Sabha Kulwant Singh Sandhu said: “The police again asked the farmer unions to shift the proposed tractor march to Western Peripheral Expressway or KMP Expressway. But farmers have made it clear that the march will be conducted only on the Outer Ring Road.” He further added that the farmers will not disrupt the peace in the city. “We are not marching to the India Gate or the Red Fort. Police should allow us to conduct our peaceful march,” he said.
Thousands of farmers mainly from Haryana and Punjab have been protesting at the Delhi borders for over two months. Several farmers unions have begun holding tractor rallies at villages in Punjab and mobilized people for the rally on Republic Day.