A farmer leader on Sunday said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is targetting those that are a part of the farmers’ protest or supporting it, while the union leaders reiterated that the proposed tractor rally in Delhi on Republic Day will continue .

Addressing a news conference at the Singhu border protest site, union leader Yogendra Yadav said, “We will perform a tractor parade on the Outer bypass in Delhi on Republic Day. The parade are going to be very peaceful. there’ll be no disruption of the Republic Day parade. The farmers will put up the ensign on their tractors.”

The authorities had moved the Supreme Court seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor march or the other quite protest by farmers which seeks to disrupt the gathering and celebrations of Republic Day on January 26. The matter is pending in court.

Another farmer union leader, Darshan Pal Singh, alleged that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is filing cases against those that are a part of the protest or supporting it.

All farmer unions condemn this,” Pal said, pertaining to the NIA summons reportedly issued to a farmer union leader during a case associated with the banned Sikhs For Justice outfit.

Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh , are protesting at various border points of Delhi for over a month now demanding repeal of the three laws — the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, and therefore the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act.

Enacted in September 2020, the central government has presented these laws as major farm reforms aimed toward increasing farmers’ income, but the protesting farmers have raised concerns that these legislations would weaken the minimum support price (MSP) and “mandi” (wholesale market) systems and leave them at the mercy of massive corporations.

The government has maintained that these apprehensions are misplaced and has ruled out a repeal of the laws.

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