After the Republic Day mayhem in the capital due to the tractor rally taken out by protesting farmers, security has been beefed up at the Delhi borders, particularly Singhu and Ghazipur.
The protesting farmers are now blaming the government of trying to sabotage their movement and using intimidating tactics to drive them away from protesting sites. On the other hand, additional forces have been mobilized along the borders to face any eventualities.
Farmers in Baghpath, Uttar Pradesh allege that their agitation came to an end after police applied force. While the police claimed that the matter was resolved through deliberations and the protesting farmers were sent home on Wednesday night.
Now, leaders of more than 16 opposition parties have come together to support the farmers and they have decided to boycott President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to both House of Parliament as a solidarity to the movement.
Meanwhile, the farmers are also resolute on their stand that ‘anti-social’ elements orchestrated the violence on Republic Day during the tractor parade.
According to spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union, Rakesh Tikait the violence was a “conspiracy to malign the farmer unions and distance Punjab from the rest of the country.”
He has also accused the Delhi Police of showing negligence during the violence. “Someone goes there and hoists a flag, why no firing was done?” asked Tikait.
Another latest development is that social activist Anna Hazare is also going to stand with the protesting farmers. Hazare will begin a protest over various demands related to farmers in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra from January 30. He also urged his supporters to protest at their respective locations.