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Friday, 8 January 2021

Will step up agitation, warn farmers

Tribune News Service

Jhajjar, January 7

"It is just a trailer and the picture will be shown on January 26 if the Centre does not repeal the farm laws. Delhi will see a tractor parade this Republic Day." This was stated by Harmanpreet Singh, a protester from Punjab, who was enthused by the presence of a large number of farmers in the tractor march today.

Elderly farmers during the tractor march at Tikri. Sumit Tharan

Sitting beside him on the tractor, Panthjeet Singh quipped, "Like the armed forces, we are taking out the flag march as a rehearsal of the proposed Delhi march on January 26 to make the Centre realise what farmers can do to ensure that their demands met." Jaspal Singh of Fazilka said the march had infused a new zeal among the protesters, which would work towards making the proposed Delhi march on January 26 a success.

These reactions summed up the mood of protesting farmers during the tractor march taken out from Tikri to Singhu on the call of the Sankyukt Kisan Morcha.

There was great enthusiasm among the protesters, with many participating bare-chested to protest against the farm laws. "I am participating bare-chested to make the Prime Minister realise that neither the severe cold nor rain can stop us. We have taken the pledge of not going back alive if the farm laws are not repealed," said Simranjeet Singh, another farmer.

A considerable number of farmers from Jhajjar, Rohtak, Jind, Bhiwani, Hisar and Fatehabad took part in the march to express solidarity with Punjab farmers. "It is a do-or-die battle and we are prepared to make any sacrifice to force the Centre to accept our demands. If the stir fails, no individual or group will dare to fight against governments in future, but we will not let it happen," said Manjit, a young protester from Jind.

from The Tribune

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