Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav announced that the protesting farmers will participate in a ‘disciplined’ Kisan Republic Day parade with thousands of tractor in Delhi. Covering a distance of 50km, the farmers will pass through Delhi’s Outer Ring Road.

“No disruption will be caused to the official Republic Day ceremony,” Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav told news agency ANI.

The Punjab-based farmers have already left from Ludhiana to participate in the tractor parade. “We are leaving for Delhi with our tractors and will continue to do so till January 24. Around 11 thousand tractors will be making a move to Delhi from Ludhiana itself. In total, one lakh tractors will participate in the Republic Day tractor parade from Ludhiana, Amritsar, Faridkot, and Bhatinda districts,” one of the farmers told ANI.

The farmers are protesting against the recently passed farm laws. According to Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader, Rakesh Tikait, all the farmers are prepared to remain in protest “till May 2024”. Calling it an “ideological revolution”, Tikait said at a press conference in Nagpur: “We are prepared to sit in protest till May 2024…our demand is that the three laws be taken back and the government provide a legal guarantee on the MSP.”

“This is an ideological revolution of farmers started from Delhi and will not fail. Farmers from villages do not want us come back until the three farm bills are taken back. The government is adamant on its stance of not withdrawing the bills and this agitation will continue for long,” Tikait added.

On Monday, Chief Justice of India SA Bobde will hear the plea filed by the Union government and Delhi Police to prevent the proposed tractor march.