The Delhi Police has given permission to the protesting farmers permission to enter Delhi and carry out a tractor rally on Republic Day, but only through a directed route and after the end of the official parade. Farmers from three states that share borders with Delhi will stay in the adjoining areas before the tractor parade.

According to Punjab Jamhoori Kisan Sabha general secretary Kulwant Singh Sandhu, thousands of tractors from Punjab and Haryana will participate in the parade. “Around 2.5-3 lakh tractors will take to the roads near the protest sites. The parade will be absolutely peaceful from our end,” he said as quoted by The Indian Express.

Bharatiya Kisan Manch Punjab president Buta Singh Shadipur joined in by saying: “We are still deliberating on the route and the locations. On January 26, vehicles will march up to the select points and head back to the borders.”

Earlier, the Delhi Police tried to convince the farmers to cancel their parade. However, a report published in The Indian Express claims that some senior police officers from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana agreed to allow farmers to carry out a rally on January 26 after a meeting on Saturday.

“The farmers have been asked to send a written application, specifying their proposed routes, the number of tractors and farmers participating in the parade, and the timings. We will discuss the route tomorrow with them. But they have said the tractor parade will only be in the areas around the borders where they are protesting. They have been assured medical assistance and security during the parade,” police sources said.

Talking about the route of tractor parade, a senior officer said: “In another meeting, a Special CP-rank officer was sent from Delhi Police headquarters to join the meeting to discuss the route and arrangements of the proposed rally on January 26. They asked the farmers to carry out their tractor rally on the Kundli–Manesar–Palwal (KMP) Expressway, but this too was rejected by the farmers.”