Farmers protesting the three contentious farm laws will start holding a stir at Jantar Mantar in Delhi from Thursday amid tight security.
Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal has granted special permission for demonstrations by a maximum of 200 peasants till August 9.
A group of 200 farmers will travel to Jantar Mantar from the Singhu border in buses with a police escort and hold protests there from 11 am to 5 pm.
Delhi Police sources said that the Samkyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmers’ union which has been spearheading the protest against the farm laws, has been asked to give an undertaking that all Covid norms would be followed and the stir would be peaceful.
Although the SKM said that their protest at the Jantar Mantar will continue till the end if the Monsoon Session of Parliament on August 13, the L-G has given permission for protest till August 9.
This is the first time since the violence in the national capital during a tractor rally on January 26 that the authorities have granted permission to protesting farmer unions to hold a protest in the city.
Farmers said that they will hold Kisan Parliament from July 22 till the Monsoon Session of Parliament ends.
One speaker and one deputy speaker will be chosen every day. In the first two days there will be discussion over the APMC Act.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and West UP across the country have been agitating at three Delhi border points — Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur — against the three farm laws that they claim will do away with the minimum support price system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporations.
Over 10 rounds of talks with the government, which has been projecting the laws at major agricultural reforms, have failed to break the deadlock between the two parties.
A tractor parade in Delhi on January 26 turned violent in Delhi as thousands of protesters broke through barriers, fought with the police, overturned vehicles and hoisted a flag from the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort.