Tribune News Service
Kurukshetra/Ambala, January 23
Bharatiya Kisan Union (Charuni) chief Gurnam Singh on Saturday appealed to the farm activists and BKU supporters not to oppose the politicians during the Republic Day events in Haryana.
Protesting against the farm laws, the BKU had earlier announced to oppose the BJP and JJP leaders during their events and entries to villages. In view of the farmers’ agitation, the Kurukshetra district administration had also changed the venue of the Republic Day function from the Thanesar grain market to the sports ground of Kurukshetra University.
In a video message, Gurnam Singh Charuni said: “Political leaders and ministers are scheduled to unfurl the national flag on January 26 at different locations. I request all that we don’t have to oppose them during the Republic Day event anywhere in the state. Disruption of event on the occasion of Republic Day can send a wrong message. If they attend any other programme or hold rallies anywhere else then the farmers will oppose them.”
Meanwhile, thousands of farmers on tractor-trailers, with Tricolour and BKU flags installed, left for Delhi from Ambala on Saturday. The farmers gathered at the New Grain Market in Ambala Cantonment, near Mohra, on the Amritsar-Delhi national highway.
A farmer leader said: “Farmers from Block-1 and Block-2 gathered at Mohra while those from Naraingarh and Shahzadpur will join the march near Shahabad in Kurukshetra. The farmers will continue to protest till the three black laws are not withdrawn.”
The farmers accused the Centre of adopting tactics to delay the agitation. They said the farmers had been protesting to get the laws repealed and they would not return until the demands were met.
Meanwhile, BKU (Charuni) district vice-president and a retired senior non-commissioned officer from Air Force Gulab Singh said: “The number of tractors here are beyond expectations. Every day thousands of tractors have been passing through the national highway to reach Delhi. Not only tractors, but SUVs, two-wheelers and other vehicles are also being used by the farmers to reach Delhi to participate in the tractor march.”
Meanwhile, the traffic on the national highway continued at a snail’s pace due to the long queues of tractors plying on the road.