The rally is significant as it is being held on the eve of the second phase of the Budget session of Parliament at a time when almost the entire opposition has joined ranks against the ordinance, which is being dubbed by them as "anti-farmer and pro-corporate".
Lakhs of farmers from all over the country are expected to attend the rally, being held at the historic Ramlila ground in the national capital, which Congress is planning to turn into a mega event seeking to exploit the strong sentiments in the countryside over the issue.
Party general secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters after a meeting of AICC General Secretary, PCC Chiefs and CLP leaders presided by party veteran AK Antony. Singh said lakhs of farmers are expected to participate in the protest action with several states planning to bring large contingents, especially those bordering Delhi like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan.

The party had earlier booked Ramlila ground for April 12 but postponed the event by a week. Congress President Sonia Gandhi will address the rally as also all prominent leaders of the party, Singh said. Asked whether Rahul Gandhi, who continues to be on a month -long sabbatical, will be attending, Singh remarked "all senior leaders will participate in it. Is he not among senior leaders? Rahul is also among the senior leaders".
Congress chief had last week rejected government's offer for a dialogue, saying it was a "mockery" as the BJP regime had unilaterally imposed the land ordinance. Dubbing the bill as anti-farmer, she had accused the government of "bending over backwards" to favour industrialists.

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