Variations between Delhi Police, BKU chief Rakesh Tikait over tractor rally route

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 25 

Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait’s insistence that the farmers’ Republic Day tractor rally will go till Akshardham Dham temple has sent the Delhi Police and Ghaziabad administration into a tizzy.

As per the original route, the tractors from Ghazipur were to turn towards Anand Vihar for Apsara border.

On Monday, Delhi police officials, including DCP Manjit Singh Sheoran, Ghazipur SHO Prem Singh Negi and Ghaziabad DM Ajay Shankar Pandey called on Tikait.

However, the officials were unsuccessful in their attempts to pacify Tikait.

“They met us and we have decided to carry the talks over the phone,” Tikait said after the meeting.

He also denied that they were any disagreements about the rally route.

“We are all in agreement that we need a peaceful March.  So there is nothing to worry here,” he added.

Sources, however, have said that the rally will go to till Akshardham.

“Our first plan was to go to Red Fort. Then we agreed for an outer ring road and now they want us to turn near Ghazipur. We cannot agree with this plan. This is final,” a BKU activist said.

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