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Farmers announce march to Parliament on Budget day

NEW DELHI: A day ahead of their proposed tractor rally on Republic Day, protesting farmers’ unions today said they will march towards the Parliament from different locations on the day of annual Budget on February 1.

The farmers’ unions have said they’ll go ahead with their tractor parade in Delhi on Republic Day though.

Announcing this, Krantikari Kisan Union leader Darshan Pal said the farmers are firm in their demand for repeal of the three new farm laws. He said their agitation will continue till their demands are met.

“We will march towards the Parliament on foot from different locations on the Budget day on February 1. Tomorrow’s tractor rally will give the government an idea of our strength and determination. They will know the agitation is not just limited to Haryana or Punjab but it is an agitation is nationwide,” he said, adding that all protest marches will be peaceful.

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“The farmers who have come for a tractor parade will not go back now and will join the protest. The agitation will continue till our demands are met. Our stand remains the same,” Pal said hinting that the agitation will further intensify.

Thousands of armed forces personnel have been deployed at the Rajpath and several border points of the national capital which has been brought under a multi-layered security cover in view of Republic Day celebrations as well as the proposed tractor parade by farmers on Tuesday.

The farmers’ unions have been categorical in stating that their parade will not enter central Delhi and it will start only after the official Republic Day parade.

The unions claimed that around 2 lakh tractors are expected to participate in the parade which will move into the city from three border points — Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur (UP Gate).

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