The Morcha also issued certain dos and don’ts to adhere to all specific points which it promised to the police while seeking permission for the rally. Besides, it released a dedicated helpline number to respond to queries of participants so that no one can face any difficulty while marching inside Delhi.
The union leaders claimed that lakhs of farmers from several states, including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, will participate in the tractor rally which may, at least, take 24 hours to complete. Each tractor will have not more than five farmers including the driver. “Ham Dilli jeetne nahin ja rahe hain. Ham desh ka dil jeetne ja rahe hain. (We are not going to win Delhi. We are going to win the heart of the country),” said Yogendra Yadav of Jai Kisan Andolan while appealing farmers to make the event completely peaceful by showing utmost discipline.
Emerging from the meeting with Delhi Police personnel, he announced that the unions have got “formal permission” for the tractor rally on specified routes on January 26. “It’s now our responsibility to hold the rally in a manner that there should not be any disturbance,” said Yadav while appealing farmers, who gathered at different borders around Delhi, to enter the city on Republic Day only with their tractors, leaving trolleys outside the border.
“Only trolleys which are being prepared for tableaux will go inside the Capital on dedicated routes,” said Yadav.
The umbrella body in a statement on guidelines for farmers and volunteers appealed to participants to keep with them ration of 24 hours – an indication that the parade may take that much of time in completing the circle on designated routes.
It appealed to the farmers not to raise any negative or inflammatory slogans or carry any such banners with them. The Morcha also made it clear that the tractor would not carry flags of any political parties during the march. Only national flags and flags of farmers’ organizations will be used.
“Police control room should be contacted at 112 for providing information in case of any untoward incident,” it said, adding that action will be taken against participants if they won’t adhere to the designated routes and the guidelines.