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Farmers’ protest: Govt hardens stance, farmers adamant; SC hearing on order against on R-Day tractor rally

The top court would also hear today a plea of the central government, filed though the Delhi Police, seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor march or any other kind of protest by farmers "which seeks to disrupt the gathering and celebrations" of Republic Day on January 26.

Farmers protest: Govt hardens stance, farmers adamant; SC hearing on order against on R-Day tractor rally-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Jan 18, 2021, 10:36 AM IST
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New Delhi: Agitating farmer unions on Sunday remained firm on holding a tractor rally on the Republic Day and vowed to continue their stir till the agri laws are repealed, even as Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar urged them to discuss alternatives to scrapping the legislation at the next meeting scheduled for January 19.

The top court would also hear today a plea of the central government, filed though the Delhi Police, seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor march or any other kind of protest by farmers "which seeks to disrupt the gathering and celebrations" of Republic Day on January 26.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said on Sunday that the farmers are prepared to protest till May 2024. "Our demand is that the three laws be taken back and the government provide a legal guarantee on the MSP," Rakesh Tikait said.

During the 9th round of talks between farmers and the government over the farm laws, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait had said that the farmers will withdraw the tractor rally on Republic Day if the Supreme Court orders. However, the farmers are now firm on their stand to hold a tractor rally on Republic Day.

The Supreme Court will also hear pleas on the issue of farm bills and ongoing protests on Delhi's borders for over 50 days.

Farm representatives also condemned the National Investigation Agency (NIA) serving notices to people who they said were supporting the protests. The unions said the umbrella body Samyukta Kisan Morcha would legally challenge the NIA actions.

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