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Rehearsal For Jan 26: Farmers Take Out Tractor March Against Farm Laws On Thursday

Amid tight security, thousands of farmers on Thursday started their tractor march from protest sites — Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders — against the three agriculture laws. Bharati Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) chief Joginder Singh Ugrahan said that farmers participated in the march with over 3,500 tractors and trolleys. “There were about 300 tractors when we flagged off the march from the Sampla toll gate. But as we joined the KMP [the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal] expressway, there were thousands more, it is no exaggeration to say there were thousands of tractors and farm vehicles joining is on the road,” said AIKS joint secretary Vijoo Krishnan, who took part in the first stage of the march. “This is a clear warning to the Modi-led BJP government that unless the three Acts and the draft Electricity Bill are withdrawn, the struggle will continue. This is only a rehearsal, nothing in comparison to what will happen on Republic Day. Not only in Delhi, but in every state, in every district of the country, we are preparing for similar tractor parades,” he added. Haryana farmers affiliated to the Bharatiya Kisan Union faction headed by Gurnam Singh Chaduni are part of the large group moving from Singhu towards Tikri. “There are several kilometres of tractors here with us, I cannot even estimate how many people,” said Rakesh Bains, a BKU-Chaduni spokesperson who is on the road with this group. “We are sending the message that we are preparing like this for January 26. The government should accept this. To our own farming community, we send the message that they should all come out on January 26, for the sake of our country, and in order to raise the issues important to us,” he added. According to the protesting farm unions, this is just “rehearsal” for their proposed January 26 tractor parade that will be move into the national capital from different parts of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. “In the coming days, we will intensify our agitation against the three farm laws. Around 2,500 tractors from Haryana have participated in today’s march. “We want to warn that if the government doesn’t not accept our demands, farmers’ protest will get intensified further,” Abhimanyu Kohar, a senior member of Samkyukt Kisan Morcha, said.

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