Those supporting farmer protests being vilified: Sukhbir Badal on case against Manjinder Sirsa

CHANDIGARH: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday said a peaceful conduct of the proposed tractor parade in Delhi will be the “harbinger of a huge victory for our farmers”.

He said he was confident that the tractor parade by farmers in the national capital on Tuesday will be a totally peaceful event.

“Peace is the top priority for everyone and the participants in the farmers’ struggle so far have demonstrated an unprecedented and commendable discipline.

This has made this movement one of the most unique democratic events in recent history,” Badal said in a statement issued here.

He urged the Centre “to ensure that the police and other law-enforcing agencies deal with the tractor march with utmost sensitivity and patience”.

The SAD chief directed the party workers to take part in the tractor parade to act as “vigilantes for peace”.

“A peaceful conduct of the march on Tuesday will be a triumph of the democratic spirit and disciplined approach displayed by the farmers at every step in over two months,” he said.

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at several border points of Delhi for more than a month, demanding a repeal of three farm laws of the Centre and a legal guarantee to the minimum support price (MSP) for their crops.

The leaders of the protesting farm unions had said they would take out a tractor parade in the national capital on Republic Day.