A day ahead of fresh round of talks with the Centre over farmers’ demand to revoke three farm laws, the protesting farmers announced a tractor rally on the expressways surrounding Delhi on Thursday.
The tractor rally by the ‘Sanyukt Kisan Morcha,’ is meant to be a ‘rehearsal’ for the parallel tractor parade, which would be held on Rajpath on January 26, Republic Day.
Farmers have threatened to intensify the protest if their demands are not met.
“We have decided that on January 7, we will take out a tractor march at four borders of Delhi, including Eastern and Western peripheral. This will be a trailer for what lies ahead on January 26,” Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav said during a press conference at Singhu border.
“Starting from tomorrow, for two weeks, ‘Desh Jagran Abhiyan’ will be started and protests will be intensified throughout the country,” he added.
Two groups from the Singhu and Tikri border would leave for the Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways, and meet at the mid-point between Sampla and Kundli, where they will hold a rally, and then return to the starting points.
Other two groups from Ghazipur and Rewasan would head towards Palwal for the rally. The protest sites at Ghazipur and Palwal include farmers who are mostly from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh.
There would be diversions at several points on Eastern Peripheral Expressway today. Police in Gautam Buddh Nagar have said vehicles would not be allowed to get on the eastern peripheral expressway from Beel Akbarpur and Sirsa cut towards Palwal from 12pm to 3 pm.
Similarly, vehicles wont be allowed on the expressway from Sirsa Cut and Beel Akbarpur towards Sonipat from 2pm to 5pm and would be diverted.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Traffic Police tweeted that Singhu, Auchandi, Piau Maniyari, Saboli and Mangesh borders were shut for traffic.
The traffic has been diverted from Mukarba and GTK road, which is likely to affect traffic in and around New Delhi. This might cause a huge problem for regular commuters as well.