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Farmer’s Republic Day Parade

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Farmer’s Republic Day Parade

For the first time since India first celebrated Republic Day on January 26, 1950, there will be two parades in India’s capital Delhi next week. One will be the official parade to which the only people invited now are high officials and their friends and relations. While the other one is the parade that is being organised by the farmers who have been sitting on protest outside the borders of Delhi for nearly two months. It is going to be a parade of tractors carrying angry farmers and their families. The tractor parade will start after the official Republic Day parade concludes at Rajpath and cover a distance of more than 100 kilometres before culminating around 6 pm after getting a go-ahead from the Delhi Police, as per reports.

Farmers protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws have received permission to hold a tractor rally on Republic Day. The Delhi Police, however, has issued a series of restrictions, saying permission was given only to show respect for the farmers’ demand. “Protesting farmers can enter Delhi but can’t disturb the Republic Day parade,” the Delhi Police said this evening, declaring that the tractor rally will begin after the day’s traditional big parade on Rajpath, which terminates at the iconic Red Fort close to noon.

In a statement, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha said their leaders “were able to jointly finalise routes for the Kisan Republic Day Parade. Preparations are in full swing for disciplined conduct of the same. Response from farmers and their supporters has been tremendous from all over the country,” the statement said.

“I want to appeal to the farmers participating in the parade to maintain discipline and follow the instruction issued by the Committee,” Gurnam Singh Chaduni of the Bharatiya Kisan Union said.

While some former government officials had expressed concern that the protests could turn violent, the leaders said they would remain peaceful and urged the police to grant permission for the convoy to enter the capital.

By Karishma Gwalani

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