YK MYK AP SOURCE: BIDEN TO REVERSE TRUMP’S MILITARY TRANSGENDER BAN WORLD Rs. 3 KOLKATA TUESDAY, 26 JAN, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—250 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) NOTICE The office of Morning India will remain closed on January 26 on account of Republic Day. There will be no edition of the newspaper on Wednesday (January 27). The next issue will hit the stands on Thursday (January 28). We wish our readers, hawkers and staff members a VERY HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY WEATHER TODAY MAX 26 C MIN 15 C Sky will be clear. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 10,668,674 TOTAL DEATH: 153,508 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 99,849,275 TOTAL DEATH: 2,140,593 SEHWAG WISHES PUJARA AS BATSMAN TURNS 33 SPORTS Morning India Farmers gear up for R-Day tractor rally NEW DELHI : Farmers on Monday began gathering at Gazipur border between Delhi-Uttar Pradesh for the proposed Kisan Tractor Rally on the eve of Republic Day. Tractors from Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan have also reached on Tikri border between Delhi-Haryana as the farmers sit in for protest for nearly two months. The move comes as Delhi Police formally granted permission for the rally on January 26, assigning them routes for the same. Expressing dismay at the routes assigned for the rally, Sukhwinder Singh Sabhra of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee told ANI, "We feel that the kind of permission granted to us for tractor rally is not right. We wanted to go to the old Ring Road but we were given conditional permission and assigned the portion that comes largely under Haryana." "All we're saying we just want to go to Ring Road. We'll have a meeting with the police today over this. Routes will be decided after that," the farmer leader further added. Farmers had proposed to hold the Republic Day tractor rally on Delhi's Outer Ring Road. However, three routes other than the proposed one were allotted for the rally from three border points of Delhi, informed Special Commissioner of Police (CP), Intelligence in Delhi Police, Dependra Pathak on Sunday. "The tractor rally will enter Delhi from Tikri, Singhu, and Ghazipur borders and return to its originating points. From Singhu, it will pass through Kanjhawala, Bawana, Auchandi border, KMP Expressway, and then return to Singhu," Pathak told KEJRIWAL UNVEILS ASHOKA PILLAR AT DELHI ASSEMBLY NEW DELHI : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal unveiled the Ashoka Pillar at Delhi Assembly on Monday. While addressing a gathering on this occasion, Kejriwal stated that the Ashoka Chakra was adopted as national symbol of India on January 26, 1950 and installing it in the Vidhan Sabha will remind Ministers and MLAs (Member of Legislative Assembly) the values of India as a democracy and a republic. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a huge rally at Pursurah in Hooghly district on Monday. 'Won't tolerate Bengal's insult', says Mamata Hits back at BJP for Jai Shree Ram chant at Netaji event Farmers along with tractors ahead of tractor rally on Republic Day, during ongoing farmer's protest against the three farm's laws at Tikri border in Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo) Farmers agitation will end soon, says Tomar New Delhi : A day ahead of the Republic Day tractor rally by farmers in Delhi, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday said that the agitation against the farm laws which has been going on for almost two months, will end soon. "The protest will end soon," Tomar said. While talking to ANI, Tomar said that the government which has so far held eleven rounds of talks with the farmers to break the impasse is still hopeful of a solution. He said that farmers could have chosen a different day for the tractor parade instead of holding it on Republic Day. "Naturally, we are a democracy and everyone has the right to protest if one does not agree with something and present their view. When we see that some farmers, though are very few in numbers, are protesting then we should solve the crisis through talks and government is still hopeful of a solution," Tomar said. The minister, however, said that he is sad that dialogue did not yield result due to a "few farmer unions from Punjab." "I am sad that there are few farmer unions and the majority of them are from Punjab have objections on these laws and we respected that objections and had started the dialogue but during 11th round of talks when there was no way ahead we gave a proposal of suspending the new farm laws for 1.5 years. We even said that we can approach the Supreme Court to say we defer implementation of laws and in meanwhile we can work things out through a committee," said Tomar. The union minister also said that the government is committed towards the welfare of farmers and agriculture. "Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we ushered in many schemes and farmers are getting benefit from it. The MSP too has been raised. That farmers get attracted towards commercial crops and prospering, the government is reforming policies," added the minister. reporters at a press conference. Farmers from all across the country are marching towards Delhi to take part in the scheduled rally. KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Monday launched a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party and said that she "won't accept the insult of Bengal". Reacting to chants of Jai Shree Ram during her address on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's birth anniversary, Banerjee called the BJP a “fake party” and asked the people of Bengal to vote for the TMC in the upcoming elections. "Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose is everyone's leader...They were heckling me in front of the Prime Minister at the Victoria Memorial on January 23. The BJP has insulted Netaji and Bengal," Banerjee said. The Trinamool chief called the BJP as a group of “outsiders” and “Bharat Jalao Party”, saying that the party has been continuously insulting the icons of Bengal with Netaji being the “latest addition to the list”. “But they didn’t do that. To heckle me, they shouted slogans which had no relation to the programme. I was insulted in front of the Prime Minister of the country. “Would you invite anyone to your house and then insult the person? Is this the culture of Bengal or our country? I would have had no problem if slogans hailing Netaji were raised,” she said while addressing a massive public meeting in Pursurah, Hooghly. “But they didn’t do that. To heckle me, they shouted slogans which had no relation to the programme. I was insulted in front of the Prime Minister of the country. This is their (BJP) culture,” Mamata Banerjee added. "Elderly women sing, 'Hare Krishna, Hare Ram', I say 'Hare Krishna, Hare Ram, Bidai Jao BJP Vam (Left) and 'Hare Krishna Hare Hare, Trinamool Ghore Ghore'...," she added. Banerjee also took a jibe at Suvendu Adhikari and other TMC leaders who had joined the BJP ahead of the Assembly polls in the State and said that her party will give tickets only to those who want work for the people of West Bengal. "Those who are lining up to leave Trinamool Congress (TMC) should leave as early as possible. Bengal and TMC doesn't need you. TMC would have not given them tickets so they are leaving in fear," she said. Banerjee, who is seeking a third straight term, was greeted with chants of 'Jai Shree Ram' at an event on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's 125th birth anniversary on Saturday. Calling.