Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, October 4
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will shortly launch a tractor rally on Sunday to protest against the contentious farm laws.
Gandhi will hold tractor rallies in Punjab and Haryana from October 4-6.
Earlier, Gandhi was scheduled to hold tractor rallies from October 3-5, the party said. However, the rest of his itinerary will remain the same.
“Change in @Rahul Gandhi tractor rallies programme; rescheduled to October 4, 5, 6. Rest (itinerary) remains the same,” Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s media advisor, Raveen Thukral, tweeted.
Singh, state Congress president Sunil Jakhar, Congress’ Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat, and all state ministers and party MLAs will join the protests, “to give voice to the angst and pain of the farmers, whose livelihood and future has been put at stake by the central legislations”.
A spokesperson of Punjab Congress had said on Thursday that the tractor rallies were expected to be supported by farmers’ organisations and will cover more than 50 km over three days.
The rallies will be conducted amid strict COVID-19 protocols, the spokesperson had said.
Gandhi is likely to address rallies at Kaithal and Pipli in Kurukshetra district of Haryana on October 6 instead of October 5, following which he will return to Delhi.
Farmers have expressed apprehension that the Centre’s farm reforms would pave a way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big companies.
Parliament had last week passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020; the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill; and the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill. — with PTI