Tractor Rally: Farmers declare agitation as second freedom movement

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Bengaluru: Farmer leader Kodihalli Chandrashekar, leader of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), a farmers’ movement, spearheaded farmers’ agitation in which 10,000 tractors participated in the parade on Jan 26.

Chandrashekar termed the protests across the country, especially in Delhi, historic and a clear message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The violent turn the protest took is regrettable. But this is what happens when you test the patience of a community beyond its limits. This country has fought hard to come out of the clutches of the East India Company, but now the Prime Minsiter seems keen to handover the country to Ambani and Adani, he explained. Kodihalli Chandrashekhar said around 25,000 farmers entered Bengaluru to reach Freedom Park through the main roads of the city via Yeshwanthpur and Malleswaram.

The parade was taken from Nelamangala to Bengaluru, as farmers arrived in more than 10,000 tractors and other vehicles. “Farmers from Mysuru and other districts have also taken part in the rally. Irrespective of the organisations that farmers are affiliated to, the rally is a united movement,” Chandrashekhar said. Meanwhile, police had set up hurdles for tractor rallies in most cities, especially in Bengaluru and adjoining Chikkaballapur, Kolar and Ramanagara districts.

The police stopped tractors as they moved towards Bengaluru, leading to altercations and sit-in protests. Leaders alleged that the police had visited houses of farmers in Anekal and Doddaballapura, on the city’s outskirts, warning them not to join the protest with their tractors. Police allowed less than a hundred tractors into Bengaluru.

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