Farmers' union blames KMSC for R-Day violence

Farmers' union blames KMSC for R-Day violence

NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: Farmers’ unions have blamed Republic Day violence on a conspiracy hatched by the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee along with “anti-social elements such as Deep Sidhu”.

After an emergency meeting under the chairmanship of veteran Punjab leader Balbir Singh Rajewal, the Samukyt Kisan Morcha said they had “discussed the violent incidents in New Delhi and concluded that Union Govt. has been severely shaken by this peasant agitation. Therefore, a dirty conspiracy was hatched with Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee and others against the peaceful struggle of other farmer organizations”.

After the Republic Day parade plans were made, “anti-social elements like Deep Sidhu and others, including the KMSC, attempted to torpedo the farmers’ agitation,” said the SKM in a statement.

They claimed that a dirty conspiracy was hatched with Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee and others against the peaceful struggle.

They said when the farmer organisations announced the Kisan Parade on January 26, anti-social elements like Deep Sidhu and others, along with the said farmer organisation, tried to torpedo the farmers’ agitation.

They claimed that under this conspiracy, the said farmer organisation and other persons announced that they would march on Ring Road and unfurl a flag at Red Fort. So the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee started marching on the Ring Road two hours before schedule, they said, adding that it was a deep-rooted conspiracy to derail the peaceful struggle. They said the farmer organisations appealed to the farmers to stay on the protest venues and continue a peaceful struggle.

The farmers’ organisations resolved to continue the agitation and condemned the government and administration, the said farmers' organisation and anti-social elements, who tried to damage the peaceful struggle. 

The organisations resolved not to allow the government and other forces inimical to the peaceful movement to break the struggle. They said Tuesday’s events clearly exposed and isolated the anti-farmer forces.

Swaraj India national president Yogendra Yadav has indicated that the demonstration will continue and said that the leaders will meet and decide on the proposed Parliament march on February 1.

However, All India Kisan Sabha leader Hannan Mollah declared “Our programmes will go on as decided and that includes the march on the day Union Budget is presented in Parliament.”

On Tuesday, sensing that the narrative was going against it, the umbrella organization of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) had called off the rally midway and asked participants to return to their respective protest sites. However, the statement added, “the movement will continue peacefully, and further steps will be discussed and decided soon.”

While a section wants to go ahead with it saying that it is the only way to catch the attention of the powers that be, another section claims it may further smear the campaign.

“We would like the farmers to return to the negotiation table. What happened on Tuesday is condemnable, shameful!” said Dinesh Kulkarni, all-India Organisational secretary of the RSS-backed Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS).

However, the SKM has blamed “infiltrators” for disrupting an otherwise peaceful movement.

“By disrupting our struggle, the government assumes it can break our determination and we’ll go home. It’s not happening,” said a farmer leader who did not want to make an official statement before the meeting.

In a televised statement on Wednesday morning, Yadav blamed a rival union from Punjab and an actor for playing into the hands of their detractors.

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