PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Jan 18: Protesting union leaders Monday said that farmers have a constitutional right to take out their tractor rally peace-fully and asserted that thousands of people will participate in the proposed event January 26.
The Supreme Court said Monday that the Delhi Police is the first authority to decide the entry of protesting farmers into the na-tional capital. Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) Punjab general secre-taryParamjit Singh said that farm-ers are not going to hold their rally on RWpath and in other high-se-curity areas,
adding that they would only take out it on the Outer Ring Road in Delhi and that there will be no disruption in the official Republic Day parade. “We are stuck at the Delhi bor-ders. We have not decided to sit at these borders ourselves, we have been stopped from entering Delhi. We will take out the rally peacefully without disrupting any law and order. We will exercise our consti-tutional right and we will defi-nitely enter Delhi,” Singh told this news agency.
Another farmer leader Lakhbir Singh, who is vice president (Punjab) of All India Kisan Sabha, said that farmers will return to protest sites after taking out the trac-tor rally on the Outer Ring Road January 26.
“We will not go to any place where there might be a government gath-ering, and all our tractors will have a national flag and the flags of our farmer unions,
” Lakhbir said. Asked about their stand in case the Delhi Police does not give them permis-sion for the tractor parade, BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) president Joginder Singh Ugrahan said that farmers have constitutional rights to hold the tractor rally peacefully.
“If the Delhi Police has some is-sues over law and order on Republic Day they can sit with Sankyukt Kisan Morcha and tell about al-ternatives routes for the tractor rally. Thereaftei our farmers’ com-mittee will decide the same. But it is very elPar that their tractor rally will be taken out in the national cap-ital January 26,
” Ugrahan said. Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at several Delhi bor-ders since November 28, demand-ing a repeal of farm laws.