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Farmers’ Victory March Today As 15-Month Protest Draws To End

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement to cancel the three laws, farmers had stayed put at protest sites, citing their other demands

Farmers setting up camp at Delhi’s Singhu, Tikri, and Ghaziabad border will take out a victory march today as they return to their towns in Punjab and Haryana following a 15-month agitation that forced the centre to withdraw three contentious farm laws.

Farmers are presently destroying their improvised facilities at the boundary locales as the tumult, which overcame powers of nature just as labels of “fear mongers” and “khalistanis”, attracts to an end. They will assemble for certain services and start their excursion home.

Special arrangements have been made along the highways to greet the farmers as they head home on tractors, it is learnt.

The victory walk was at first anticipated yesterday, yet it was delayed following the sad helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu that killed 13 people, including Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat.

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to cancel the three laws, farmers had stayed put at the protest sites, citing other demands that included a legal guarantee on Minimum Support Price (MSP) and withdrawal of cases registered against protesting farmers.

They announced their choice to return only after the middle sent a composed proposition on the remarkable requests to the five-part board of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, which is spearheading the agitation.

The centre has agreed to form a comittee to decide the MSP issue. The comittee will comprise government officials, agriculture specialists, and representatives from Kisan Morcha. The public authority has also agreed to drop all police cases against farmers, including stubble burning complaints and those filed by Haryana and Uttar Pradesh police following clashes with protesters.

On the Kisan Morcha’s demand for compensation for the passings of 700-odd farmers during the protest, the centre has said Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have given in-principle approval and Punjab has already made an announcement.

The centre’s proposal had come after Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressed farmer leaders via phone to talk about extraordinary issues.

With the farmers returning home after forcing the government into a climbdown, the focus now shifts away from the protest sites on Delhi borders to the Assembly poll arena in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

Everyone’s eyes will presently be on what sway the farmer’s agitation, and the ruthless attempts to crush it, have on the outcome of these polls, especially in politically-crucial Uttar Pradesh where four protesting farmers were run over, allegedly by a Union Minister’s son.