Farmers protesting on their tractors in protest against the three farm laws. (File Photo, Image credit: India Today)

Farmers to enter Delhi with tractors on Republic Day. Another commits suicide

A day after announcing their plan to hold Tractor March on Kundli-Manesar-Palwal highway on Jan 6—if the talks of Jan 4 fail—the farmers’ unions on Saturday held a Press conference at the Press Club of Delhi to declare that they would enter the national capital from four sides on tractors on Republic Day if the government does not repeal the three farm laws by Jan 26.

Unlike at the Singhu border the farmers’ unions chose the heart of the national capital to explain their plan of action for the whole of month.

According to Darshanpal Singh, one of their leaders, the farmers would not at all disturb the government function on the Republic Day. But they would march with their tractors (with National Flag hoisted on them) from Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur and Shahjahanpur borders to enter Delhi.

The farmers said that after Jan 6 march, they would burn the copies of farm laws on Jan 13, that is on the day of Lohri, and would observe Jan 18 as Mahila Kisan Diwas and on Jan 23, that is on the birth anniversary of Subhas Chandra Bose, gherao all the Raj Bhawans, that is governors’ bungalows across the country.

Meanwhile, another farmer, Kashmir Singh, committed suicide at Ghazipur border on Saturday. In his suicide note the 75-year old farmer held the Centre directly responsible for the suicide.

Earlier, Baba Sant Ram Singh had committed suicide last month in protest against the three farm laws.

With the farmers repeatedly mounting pressure on the government it is now becoming clear that they do not expect any big breakthrough in the seventh round of talks on Jan 7.

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