Farmers are expected to hold protests on the borders of Delhi and other parts of the country on Friday to mark a year of farmers’ protest against the centre’s farm laws.
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the three controversial farm laws would be overturned. Farmers’ unions welcomed the move but said they would not end their protest until the laws were formally repealed and other demands were met.
With the protest showing no signs of backing down, even after the Center announced that all three laws would be repealed, farmers will hold several events and protests across the country on Friday.
To mark a year of protest, a large rally will be organized on Friday at the Delhi border.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella organization of various agricultural unions leading the ongoing unrest, said on Thursday thousands of farmers were arriving in Delhi to mark a year of protests.
“Farmers and workers are responding in large numbers. Thousands of farmers have started to arrive in different morchas in Delhi,” a statement from SKM said.
Farmers will block the highways in Karnataka. In Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, unions said they would join farmers in protests at district headquarters.
Tractor rallies will be organized in Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal.
The protest started with the “Dilli Chalo” program on November 26 last year. Since then, thousands of farmers have gathered on the borders of the capital New Delhi, in one of the biggest challenges for Prime Minister Modi since coming to power in 2014. The overturning of the laws comes just before an election reviews in states like Uttar Pradesh. and the Punjab.