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Farmers postpone parliamentary march on February 1 | India News


NEW DELHI / BATHINDA: One day after violence during the tractor parade shook the capital, agricultural unions protesting the repeal of new central farm laws postponed their ‘Marcha Sansad’ (march to Parliament) scheduled for the budget day on February 1 and decided instead, to celebrate a one-day fast on “martyrs day” on January 30, the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The unions alleged that Tuesday’s violence occurred as a result of the “Center conspiring with the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (led by Satnam Singh Pannu) and certain individuals, including actor Deep Sidhu, linked to BJP-RSS, to smear the movement ”. Balbir Singh Rajewal of Sanyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) said: “We will expose the angle of the conspiracy when the Delhi police forced the protesters to head towards the Red Fort.”
He alleged that the police simply left the Red Fort police post and gave the hooligans hours to fight their way under a conspiracy. “Deep Sidhu also made its presence felt at Red Fort,” Rajewal said. The union leaders, however, did not present any evidence of alleged police complicity.

Farmers postpone parliamentary march on February 1 | India News

Before addressing the media, the unions discussed the violent incidents and the leaders felt that the Center had been “shaken” by the unrest. It was also said that when agricultural organizations announced the January 26 program, elements such as Deep Sidhu and KMSC tried to torpedo the upheaval. It was claimed that KMSC announced a march on Ring Road.
“Since we as SKM members made the call for the parade, we take moral responsibility for the incidents that occurred on Republic Day,” said Yogendra Yadav of Jai Kisan Andolan. He said: “We have not canceled the ‘Sansad March’. We just postponed it. It will take place later. Our movement will continue until our core demands (repeal of agricultural laws and legal guarantee for MSP) are met ”.
Morcha leaders called for a social boycott of Deep Sidhu and called the Red Fort incident an act of sacrilege. When asked about the FIRs registered against him by the Delhi police, the leader of the BKU (Tikait), Rakesh Tikait, said that this was normal during a movement like that. “It will not prevent us from strengthening our protests,” he said.
Morcha leaders also claimed that only 10% of the farmers in the movement went unruly and deviated from the designated route, mainly at the behest of the KMSC and certain individuals, while 90% others stuck to their designated route and They participated in the parade in a peaceful manner.

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