Farmer’s Tractor Rally on November 29th ‘Postponed’; further course of action on December 4
The big decision was taken during a meeting at the Singhu border.Author : Priyanka Vinayak
The tractor rally called by the farmers',
which was supposed to be held on November 29, has been postponed. To mark one year of the black laws agitation, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha
(SKM), an umbrella body of farmers’ unions, had earlier this month announced
that 500 farmers will participate in peaceful tractors marches to Parliament
every day during the Winter Session starting November 29.
This was to be done to mark one year of the
agitation against the Centre’s three agri laws. It had said that this will be
done to “increase the pressure” on “this obstinate, insensitive, anti-people
and pro-corporate BJP central government, to force it to agree with the demands of the farmers for which farmers across the country have launched a historic
struggle for the past one year.
During a press conference, Farmer leader
Darshan Pal Singh said, "After a meeting, Samyukt Kisan Morcha has decided
to postpone the proposed tractor rally to Parliament on 29 November."
This huge decision was taken during a meeting
at the Singhu border. A farmer leader said, "When we had announced that
there will be a tractor rally on November 29, all the three farm laws were not
scrapped. Now that when the laws have been taken back, we have decided not to
take up the rally. However, if Centre doesn't agree to the rest of our demands,
we will decide our further course of action on December 4 meeting."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced on
Gurupurab that the Centre will repeal the three farm laws, marking a climbdown
by his government to meet the unrelenting demand of farmers protesting in
several states against the reform measures.
This move from the protesting farmers came
just two days before the Centre is to introduce a bill cancelling the three
contentious farm laws.
The farmers held their last protest near
Parliament House in July when the Monsoon Session was in progress. The police
had given permission but warned that there should be no march. More than 200
farmers were present at the protest.