NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said that as many as 60 tractors will head to Parliament in the national capital as part of a tractor march, which will be organized 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 said.
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.