Mayawati appeals Centre to withdraw farm laws ahead of Republic Day

Ahead of Republic Day celebrations, Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati on Monday requested the Centre to withdraw the farm laws so that no untoward incident takes place in the national capital.

In a tweet in Hindi, Mayawati said, “To fulfill the demands of the agitating farmers, BSP requests the Central Government to withdraw these farm laws. I hope that no new tradition starts on Republic Day and there is no untoward incident in the national capital.”

Meanwhile, granting a formal nod to the thousands of protesting farmers for the tractor rally or ‘Kisan Gantantra Parade’ in the national capital on 26 January, Delhi Police commissioner S N Shrivastava on Sunday asked his officers and central reserve police personnel deployed for Republic Day Parade security to be ‘ready to move at short notice to handle law and order situations’ arising out of the tractor rally.

Farmer unions are all geared up to carry out a massive tractor march from protesting sites on Republic Day on Tuesday.

Preparations are underway and both, the Haryana Police and farmers’ leaders, have issued advisory to take out the rally.

“Three routes, originating from Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border points, have been finalized for the march,” farmer leaders told reporters.

According to farmer leaders, 100,000 tractors are likely to participate in a planned parade.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been protesting against Narendra Modi government’s new agri laws for nearly two months now, digging heals at various border points in Delhi-NCR.