To observe one year of the movement against the Centre’s three farm laws, 500 farmers will participate in a peaceful tractor march to Parliament every day during the Winter Session starting November 29, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha said on Tuesday.
Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have been protesting against the laws, which were stayed by the Supreme Court in January, at the Delhi borders since November 26 last year.
The SKM, an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions leading the stir, announced the tractor march after it held a meeting in New Delhi.
Farmer leaders, who were present in the meeting, said those participating in the tractor march will sit wherever the police will stop them.
In a statement, the amalgam said it will observe one year of the movement on and after November 26 in a massive way all over India.
“The SKM decided that from November 29 until the end of this Parliament session, 500 selected farmer volunteers will move every day to Parliament in tractor trollies peacefully and with full discipline, to assert their rights to protest in the national capital,” the statement said.
This will be done to “‘increase the pressure” on the central government “to force it to concede the demands for which farmers across the country have launched a historic struggle”, it said.
Earlier, in March too, farmers had taken out a foot march to Parliament to oppose the three contentious farm laws.
On January 26, a tractor rally had turned violent with protesters breaking barricades, attacking security personnel and storming the Red Fort, where they hoisted a religious flag.
Farmer leader and a representative of the Rashtriya Kisan Majdoor Sabha Abhimanyu Kohar said that farmers will sit in protest wherever the Delhi Police stops them on their way to Parliament.
He said any decision about the route finalisation and the police permission for the tractor march will be taken later.
“In today’s meeting, only the tractor march was decided. Modalities about the route and permission will be decided in a few days. On our way to Parliament, if the police stop us we will sit wherever we will be stopped,” Kohar told PTI.
He said that the tractor march will be peaceful and taken out in a disciplined manner.
“We believe in peace and non-violence.”
The SKM statement also said on November 26, there will be huge mobilisations from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan at all the Delhi borders.
“All farm unions in the SKM will mobilise farmers in strength for this occasion. Huge public meetings will be held there (at borders) that day. Homage will be paid to more than 650 martyrs in this struggle so far,” it said.
The SKM has also called for massive mahapanchayats in state capitals on November 26.
The Winter Session of Parliament will begin on November 29 and go on till December 23.