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Indian police to let farmers maintain ‘tractor rally’ on Republic Day

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Thousands of protesting farmers to drive via capital New Delhi after Republic Day parade to demand repeal of recent farm legal guidelines.Police in India’s capital New Delhi will enable 1000’s of protesting farmers to drive via the town after this week’s Republic Day army parade, regardless of safety considerations, a senior official stated on Sunday.
The police assertion got here after India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday declined a authorities petition to ban the rally
Farmers have been tenting on the outskirts of nationwide capital for round two months in protest in opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial farm legal guidelines which they are saying will damage their livelihoods and assist large corporations.
To up the ante, farmers wished to drive tractors to the centre of New Delhi on January 26, the Republic Day nationwide vacation when Modi will be part of a parade of army forces within the capital.
Senior police officer Dependra Pathak stated the town police would enable at the least 12,000 tractors on Delhi’s roads to move over a 64-kilometre (40-mile) stretch on January 26 after the parade.
“This will be a very challenging task but we decided upon it so that there is a peaceful and disciplined solution,” he informed a information convention.
Security preparations had been being made to permit tractors via sure designated entry and exit factors on the day, Pathak stated, including that intelligence inputs point out some folks might attempt to disrupt a peaceable rally by the farmers.
The authorities – which says the agriculture reforms will enhance farmer incomes – has agreed to droop the legal guidelines, however the farmers have stated New Delhi should repeal them.
Talks between farmers and Modi’s authorities have to this point failed to interrupt the impasse – touchdown Modi with one in all his most important challenges since he was re-elected in 2019.

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