Demonstrations are expected on the borders of Delhi on Friday to mark one year of farmers’ protest against the Centre’s agricultural laws.
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that three controversial agriculture laws would be withdrawn. The farmers’ unions welcomed the move but said they would not end their protest until the laws were formally repealed and other demands were met.
Farmers will hold several programs and protests across the country on Friday even after the protest shows no signs of backing down, even after the Center announced the repeal of three laws.
On the completion of one year of the protest, a big gathering will be organized on the Delhi border on Friday.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of various agricultural unions that is spearheading the ongoing agitation, said on Thursday that thousands of farmers are coming to Delhi to mark a year of protests.
“Farmers and workers are responding in large numbers. Thousands of farmers have started reaching various fronts of Delhi,” SKM said in a statement.
Farmers will block highways in Karnataka. Trade unions in Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh have announced that they will join the farmers in the protests at district headquarters.
Tractor rallies will be taken out in Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal.
The protest started with the ‘Delhi Chalo’ program on November 26 last year. In one of the biggest challenges for PM Modi since he came to power in 2014, since then, thousands of farmers have gathered at the borders of the capital New Delhi. The rollback of laws comes just before crucial elections in states like Uttar Pradesh. and Punjab.