Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 2
The ‘Samyukt Kisan Morcha’ on Saturday served an ultimatum to the Union Government to accede to the demands of repealing of the three agri-farm laws, failing to which they would resort to a march towards Delhi on January 26 — Republic Day.
The ultimatum of a face-off with the government comes two days ahead of its scheduled meeting with the farmer’s organisations to break the impasse over the farm laws.
The decision for the January 26 agitation was taken at a meeting of the seven-member Coordination Committee of the morcha.
The Morcha, which is among others in the vanguard of the farmers’ protest against these farm laws, is a conglomeration of farmers’ organisations.
Announcing the morcha’s proposed march, the committee members said the “farmers’ republic parade” will take place after the official parade.
A mobilisation campaign will be launched across the country from January 6 to 20 regarding the proposed march.
“We intend to be peaceful and we told long ago to the Government of India during our talks that it has only two options — either repeal the three central farm acts or use force on us to evict us,” the Committee’s members said, and added that January 26 was chosen because the Republic Day represented the supremacy of the people.
They further said by the time of the march the farmers would have demonstrated patiently and peacefully at Delhi’s borders, their resolve for two full months in extreme weather conditions to get their demands met.
The government will hold the seventh round of talks with the farmers on January 4 on their demands.