Tractors and trolleys are lined up to 5 km on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, 4 km on Ghazipur-Sahibabad road and hundreds of tractors parked here and there. Over 50,000 people, rough estimates suggest, are at the Ghazipur border and the crowd continues to swell.
All the tractors have the tricolour and flags of respective farmer unions, with patriotic songs reverberating in the air.
"This is the day of Indian republic of which we are part. Delhi belongs to every citizen of the country. So, putting restrictions on farmers to enter the city and celebrate Republic Day is utter nonsense. We give a damn to the guidelines. Stop us if you can," said a group of youngsters shaking legs to bollywood tunes.
“The government said we are a bunch of people protesting at the Delhi borders. We are here. Come and count us. The message is loud and clear. The government will have to repeal the laws if it wants to govern the country. Farmers are the most patient people on this earth. They won't cow down. The agitation, which already has taken the shape of a mass movement, will further intensify," they added.
Ram Singh from Baghpat in western Uttar Pradesh had to marry his only daughter in the days to come. He had pinned his hope on the last sugarcane payment to pay for the marriage. Since he has not got it so far, he is thinking of extending the date of marriage.
"Except agriculture, I don't have any other source of income. How can I think of going ahead without money?" asked the hopeless father.