Mumbai: After a clash between farmers and Delhi Police in the national capital, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said on Thursday evening that there was a conspiracy to end the farmers’ protest.
Addressing reporters in Raipur, Bhupesh Baghel said, “There is a conspiracy to end the farmers’ protest. They (farmers) are being maligned. Their demands are valid.”
“Farmers have been protesting for the last two months at the borders of the national capital. Then why can’t the Centre agree to their demands? The Centre should adopt our ‘Chhattisgarh model’. No farmer in our state is protesting as they are happy with our pro-farmer schemes,” he added
There's conspiracy to end farmer's protest. They (farmers) are being defamed. Their demands are valid. They've been protesting for last 2 month, govt can agree to their demands. Centre should adopt 'Chhattisgarh model', no farmer will stage protest:Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel pic.twitter.com/8myGsCVFLw
— ANI (@ANI) January 28, 2021
Later, the Chief Minister tweeted, “I am the son of a farmer. I will fight for the farmers. Those who are trying to break the spirit of the farmers must know that Chhattisgarh has a voice. Jai Kisan!” (roughly translated from Hindi).
किसान का बेटा हूँ। किसान के लिए लडूँगा।
किसानों को तोड़ने की कोशिश करने वाले जान लें, छत्तीसगढ़ की एक आवाज है- "जय किसान"
— Bhupesh Baghel (@bhupeshbaghel) January 28, 2021
On 26 January, there were reports of farmers entering Delhi and resorting to vandalism from many parts of the city.
The entry and exit gates of several metro stations were also closed. Police Commissioner (CP) SN Srivastava has arrested nineteen people so far on Wednesday and more than 25 criminal cases have been registered by the Delhi Police in connection with the violence. Srivastava said that 394 police personnel were injured in the violence and many of them were still injured in hospitals.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26, 2020, against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.