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60 Tractors Will Head To Parliament On November 29: Rakesh Tikait

Mumbai: Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said 60 tractors will head to Parliament as part of a tractor march on November 29 to demand a statutory guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) for crops.

“The tractors will go through the roads, which have been opened by the government. We were accused of keeping the roads blocked. We did not block the road. Blocking the roads is not our movement. Perhaps, our movement is to talk to the government. We will straight go to the Parliament,” Tikait told news agency ANI.

The statement comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised that the Center would repeal three controversial agriculture laws that had triggered nationwide farmers’ protests. The Union Cabinet is expected to take up the Agriculture Laws Repeal Bill for approval today and is likely to be introduced in the winter session of Parliament.

Meanwhile, Tikait also announced that at least a thousand people would go to Parliament to press for the MSP law, among other issues.

The BKU leader told ANI, “We are waiting for the government’s response on the MSP. Besides, the incidents in the last one year, in which 750 farmers were killed, the government should take responsibility.”

Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmers’ unions that has been at the forefront of protests over the year, said in an official statement that tractor rallies would be organized in state capitals like Delhi.

SKM said, “Preparations are underway to mark the completion of 12 long and continuous months of the struggle of lakhs of farmers in India on November 26, 2021 – thousands of farmers are expected to come to the morcha sites on that day around Delhi,” SKM noted, adding that the day will also be celebrated as a “partial victory” of their movement.

“Solidarity events” are also being planned across the world by the Indian diaspora as well as international farmers’ organisations, SKM informed.

Parliament’s winter session will commence on November 29 and is expected to continue till December 23.

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