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What will happen to the Farmers’ Movement after Red Fort Incident?

Pritam Kashyap
Pritam Kashyap
Farmers Protesting at Red Fort on January 26, 2021

Farmers took out a tractor march on Republic Day against the three agricultural laws of the Centre. One side, thousands of farmers from different areas were seen sitting in a tractor carrying the tricolour and the flag of their organization, on the other hand, there were violent clashes between the police and farmers in many areas of Delhi. 

A farmer was also killed during this incident and a group of farmers entered the Red Fort and hoisted the Sikh religious flag of the Sikh Sahib. Amidst all this, the biggest question is what will happen to farmers movement that has been going on for more than two months?  On the basis of the violence on Tuesday, will the government stop this movement or will the farmer movement turn more fierce? 

To find the answer to these questions, it is important to know and understand what actually happened on Republic Day 2021. 

Farmers' tractor rally started around 9 am on Tuesday. The route was decided after several rounds of talks with the police. After 12 noon, reports of breaking barricades attempts to divert from the fixed route and firing lathi charge and tear gas shells started coming in from several places. 

Shortly after, pictures and videos of hoisting the Sikh religious flag Nishan Saheb on the historic Red Fort were engraved in the media. It was also said in some media that the Khalistani flag was hoisted on the Red Fort insulting the tricolour. 

Later it became clear that the flag hoisted on the Red Fort was the religious flag mark of the Sikhs. The police have held farmers responsible for this and said that 83 policemen were injured in Tuesday's incident and public property was also damaged during this period. 

The police also registered four FIRs. Holding farmers responsible for the violence, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Srivastava said, "The time and route for the tractor rally was decided after several rounds of meetings. But the farmers brought the tractor from another place instead of the fixed route and they Even before the appointed time. Many police officers have been injured in the ruckus that followed." 

The farmers are blaming some of their 'lost' companions and the Delhi Police and the Central Government for all this. Indian Farmers Union spokesman Rakesh Tikait said that the police have broken several tractors and will have to pay their fine. 

The farmers' organization, United Kisan Morcha, issued a statement announcing the end of the tractor parade with immediate effect. Statements of political parties also started coming in this matter. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has tweeted and condemned the violence in the parade. 

He tweeted, "Shocking scenes in Delhi. Violence done by some elements is unacceptable. The credibility that the peaceful protesting farmers have created, will harm it. Farmer leaders separate themselves from it and have stopped the tractor rally. I appeal to all genuine farmers to clear Delhi and return to the borders. "  

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that violence is not the solution to any problem and the Modi government should withdraw the agricultural law. 

NCP President Sharad Pawar also said that the way the movement was handled is vexatious. The Aam Aadmi Party also blamed the central government for this. The DMK and Mamta Banerjee also blamed the central government for this. 

In a conversation with the media, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait said that the police also barricaded the roads on which the tracker rally was agreed. 

He said, "There will be a way. This is a big conspiracy. The way the police gave it, there was barricading on it, it is obvious that the farmers went on the other side. There were some people who were never part of the movement and decided They had come that they had to go ahead. We will mark them. Those who came for a day, they spoil. What happened on the Red Fort went wrong. No religious program is part of our movement. We strongly condemn it. " 

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