Tribune News Service
Jhajjar, January 21
Haakam Singh Walia, a man employed at a private insurance company in Sangrur, has applied for a three-day leave, from January 24 to 27, to participate in the proposed tractor march from Tikri border to Delhi on January 26.
Walia joins many others in Punjab who are making arrangements to join the farmers in the march against the contentious farm laws. They are disposing of their work in advance to ensure their participation in the tractor parade. Significantly, women, along with their children, too are readying to become a part of the event.
Jashandeep Singh, a farmer from Mansa, returned to Punjab from Tikri on Tuesday so that he could fertilise his wheat crop a few days in advance to join the tractor parade on Republic Day.
Jaspal Singh from Fazilka (Punjab) said he decided not to attend the wedding of his cousin brother in Muktsar on January 27 given the tractor parade.
The success of march has now become a prestige issue not only for the farmers but also for may others in Punjab.
“I will go to Muktsar on January 22 to meet the cousin and other family members before the wedding to express my inability to attend the marriage. Not only me but those supporting the farmers have made up their mind to be part of the tractor parade to show their strength as the parade will decide the direction of the agitation,” said he.
Great enthusiasm among Punjab residents was sufficient enough to predict the success of the tractor parade, he added.
Amit, another farmer from Sangrur, said since the parade is likely to be historical so everyone wants to become its witness.
“A large number of women along with children too will leave for Tikri from Sangrur and other districts. Special buses have been arranged for them,” he added.