Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Tuesday said that as many as 60 tractors will head to Parliament in the national capital as part of a tractor march, which will be organised by farmer unions on November 29 (to coincide with the beginning of the winter session of Parliament), to press for their demand for a statutory guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) for crops.
"On November 29, 60 tractors will head to Parliament for the tractor march. The tractors will go through the roads, which have been opened by the government. We were accused of keeping the roads blocked. We did not block the road. Blocking the roads is not our movement. Perhaps, our movement is to talk to the government. We will straight go to the Parliament," Rakesh Tikait told ANI.
His statement comes as the Union Cabinet is likely to approve the repeal of the three farm laws on Wednesday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week announced repealing of three farm laws that triggered nationwide farmers' protest.
Tikait further said that a thousand people will head to the Parliament, unlike 200 people that went last time. "We are awaiting the government's response on MSP. Moreover, the incidents that happened in the past one year, in which 750 farmers died, the government should take responsibility for that," said the BKU leader.
Moreover, the Winter Session of Parliament will commence on November 29 and is expected to continue till December 23. Meanwhile, Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmer unions, in an official statement said that in capital cities in States distant from Delhi, tractor rallies will be organised, in addition to other protests.
"Preparations are underway for marking November 26, 2021, on the completion of 12 long and continuous months of struggle by lakhs of farmers in India - Thousands of farmers are expected to come to the morcha sites on that day around Delhi," SKM said.
It further stated that on November 26, "partial victory" of the movement will be celebrated, and will emphasise on the remaining demands.
SKM informed that "solidarity events" are being planned across the world by the Indian diaspora as well as international farmers' organisations.
"On November 26, there will be a protest in London at the Indian High Commission between 12 to 2 pm GMT. On the same day (26th-27th night), there will be a sleep-out in Surrey in Canada in addition to a sleep-out in Vancouver. On November 30, there will be a protest in Paris, France. On December 4, a car rally is being organised in California, and a city march in New York, USA. There will also be a commemoration and candlelight vigil at San Jose Gurudwara on that day. An event is planned on December 5 in the Netherlands, and one event in Vienna, Austria on December 8. Events will happen in Australia as well as other places like Washington and Texas in the USA, and more details will be shared soon," SKM said.
It also said that a "Maha Dharna" is happening in Hyderabad on November 25 to mark the first anniversary of the farmers' protests at Delhi's borders. "Several SKM leaders will join the event the day after tomorrow. Leaders of several trade unions and other mass organisations will also be participating in the Maha Dharna. Tomorrow, on November 24, Sir Chhotu Ram's Jayanti will be marked as Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Diwas," SKM said.
The government has listed a bill to repeal three farm laws in its agenda for the winter session of parliament beginning November 29. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, earlier on Friday, announced that the Centre will repeal the three farm laws and bring necessary bills in the winter session of Parliament beginning later this month.
The Prime Minister had also announced that the government will constitute a committee to work on a new framework for Minimum Support Price (MSP). Farmers have been protesting against the government's three farm laws since the Centre had passed the laws in 2020.
(With inputs from ANI)