Farmers’ R-Day tractor rally: SC says entry in Delhi to be decided by police

The Supreme Court on Monday said that the question of entry of protesting farmers into Delhi is a law and order situation that is to be determined by Police.

“Who should be allowed and the number of people who can enter are all matters of law and order to be decided by the police,” the top court said.

“Delhi Police is the first authority. Who will enter the national capital and who will be allowed will not be seen by us. We will take up this matter on Jan 20,” a Bench headed by CJI SA Bobde told the Centre.

The Top Court was hearing a plea seeking an injunction against the farmers proposed tractor rally on January 26. 

Meanwhile, the farmers who have been protesting against the farm laws since November 26, are firm on holding the proposed tractor rally on Republic Day.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Sunday asked the protesting farmers to tell the government what they want apart from repealing the farm laws. 

He said most of the farmers are in favour of the farm laws. 

He said he expects that the farmers will discuss the laws clause by clause in the next round of meeting on January 19 and tell the government what they want other than the repeal of the laws.

The ninth round of talks between the Central government and the agitating farmers ended inconclusively on Friday. The two sides will meet again on January 19.

During the meeting, protesting farmer unions stuck to their demand for the repeal of three contentious farm laws.