Farmers reach Singhu border with tractor-laden trailers

Mukesh Tandon

Tribune News Service

Sonepat, January 22

Farmers from Punjab have started reaching the Singhu border to participate in the tractor parade scheduled for January 26. They say thousands of tractors from Punjab would be pressed into service for the Republic Day parade on the Outer Ring Road in Delhi.

Farmers from Jalandhar at the Singhu Border with a trailer loaded with a tractor. Tribune Photo

What caught the attention of passersby was that each tractor-trailer was loaded with two tractors. No stone will be left unturned to make the parade a success, said Jalandhar farmers who reached Singhu today.

“We have brought 35 tractors loaded in trailers to save diesel,” said Jitender Singh Basi of Talwand village in Jalandhar district.

Farmers have pasted stickers on tractors which read, “Puchda ni koi Congresiyaan yaan te Akaliyaan nu, lokin maarde ne salute Dilli jandi traliyaan nu (Congress and SAD leaders are nowhere in the picture, people salute trolleys going to Delhi).”

Jitender said the tractor parade would be peaceful.

Another farmer from Talwand village, Kanwaljit Singh Johl, said: “Only soldiers and farmers serve the country. Others do politics. This is why farmers have put the national flag on tractors.”

“Around 25 tractors from every village of Punjab will be pressed into service for the tractor parade. As Talwand village is big, farmers on 85 tractors from my village will reach Singhu,” claimed Jitender Singh of Talwand village.

Vikas Singh, Lovely and Pankaj of Balbera village in Kaithal district said preparations for the tractor parade were in full swing in their villages. They would hold the protest march peacefully, said Vikas.

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