Farmers’ organizations are busy preparing for taking out the tractor parade on Outer Ring Road in Delhi on 26 January. Many supporters from Jalandhar and Patiala in Punjab are reaching Delhi with tractors. Farmer leaders claim that more than one lakh tractors will be involved in the parade. On January 23, farmers will also rehearse the tractor parade.
The Delhi Police has not yet allowed the tractor parade. Seeing the possibility of a collision, the farmers have covered the tractors with fiber sheets to avoid tear gas and water canon.
The front parts of the tractors are covered with heavy iron to break the barricades, so as not to damage the tractors. A farmer from Gurdaspur said, ‘I am associated with the organization of the Bharatiya Kisan Union Rajewal. 500 tractors have left with me, which will reach Delhi before 26 January. According to sources, more than five thousand tractors from the districts like Jalandhar, Bathinda, Amritsar and Ferozepur have reached Delhi border in the last few days.’
Four tractors came in one tractor’s diesel
Jaspal Singh, a young farmer from Jalandhar’s Talwand, says that his companions have brought about 50-55 tractors. For this, these people prepared special trolleys, 30 feet long. Two tractors have been loaded into such trolleys. Many tractors have also been towed with a tractor. The aim is to save on diesel costs. It takes about 15 to 20 thousand rupees of diesel for a tractor to come to Delhi from Punjab. By doing this, the cost of diesel of a tractor comes to four-five tractors.
JCB and harvester will also arrive
People are coming from Punjab along with tractors, JCB and harvesting combine machines to create a safe circle around the farmers. A large number of farmers are also reaching the Delhi border by trucks. The body of the trucks has been divided into two parts and it has been made its place to stay so that it can be saved from rain and cold.
‘If not approved, we will parade’
Farmer leader Satnam Singh Pannu said, ‘Whether we get approval for the parade or not, we will do a tractor parade. Our companions have left for Delhi with thousands of tractors from Punjab. Till the government cancels all three agricultural laws, we will not go back to Punjab.’