Farmers’ Rally Turned Into Chaos; Various Leaders’ Response

by Shatakshi Gupta

The fierce agitation of farmers in Delhi on Republic Day is receiving criticism all round. Even a protestor inside the Red Fort put his flag on the pole. Political parties say that violence cannot be justified in any way. The Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Shiv Sena have criticized the violence. 

Significantly, during the tractor parade of farmers’ organizations, there were clashes with police at some places. After this, the police released tear gas shells and lathi-charged the farmers groups. Reacting to this several leaders gave their statements.

Rahul Gandhi

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that violence is not the solution to any problem. If anyone gets hurt, the loss will be of our country only. Take back the anti-agriculture law for the sake of the country.

 Amarinder Singh

 Punjab Chief Minister and Congress leader Capt Amarinder Singh asked farmers to evacuate Delhi and said, “Shocking scenes were seen in Delhi”. Violence by some elements is unacceptable.  This will harm the goodwill generated by the farmers who are protesting peacefully. The peasant leaders disassociated themselves from it and postponed the tractor rally. I request all farmers to vacate Delhi and return to the borders. There is no place of violence in democracy.

Ashok Gehlot

Source: ANI News

 Rajasthan Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said that the farmers movement has been peaceful so far. There is an appeal to the farmers to maintain peace and not to commit violence. Violence has no place in democracy. If there is violence in this movement, then it will be the success of the forces that are trying to make the peasant movement unsuccessful, so maintain the peace.

 Mamta Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted that earlier these laws were passed without taking farmers into confidence. And then despite the opposition of farmers camping all over India and near Delhi for the last 2 months, they are extremely negligent in dealing with them.  The Center should engage with farmers and repeal merciless laws. She said that I am deeply disturbed by the anxiety and traumatic events on the streets of Delhi. The Center’s insensitive attitude and apathy towards our farmer brothers and sisters should be blamed for this situation.

Sanjay Raut

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 Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut has also reacted strongly to the violence in Delhi.  He asked that the law and order in Delhi has blown, whose responsibility is it? Now whose resignation should be sought for this? Sonia Gandhi, Mamta Banerjee, Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar or Joe Biden? Raut says that whatever is happening in Delhi, someone has to take responsibility for it. However, he said that the insult of the tricolour on the Red Fort cannot be tolerated.



 The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) condemned the violence in Delhi and said that we strongly condemn today’s violence. It is regrettable that the Central Government allowed the situation to deteriorate to such an extent. The movement has been peaceful for the last two months.  Farmer leaders have said that those who were involved in the violence today were not part of the movement and were external elements. Whoever they were, the violence has certainly weakened the movement which until now was going on in such a peaceful and disciplined manner.

United Kisan Morcha

 On the other hand, while unleashing violence in Delhi, the United Kisan Morcha said that despite all our efforts, some people violated the route and indulged in slanderous acts.  Anti-social elements infiltrated, but the movement remained peaceful. We have always said that peace is our strength and violence hurts such movement.  United Kisan Morcha said that we thank all the farmers for taking part in today’s parade. We also condemn the events that have taken place today and separate ourselves from those who indulge in such actions.

Rakesh Tikait

Chaudhary Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, said that we are protesting in a peaceful manner.  He said that people of political parties want to discredit the movement.