Mumbai: Kisan Union leaders are under the radar of the Delhi Police after violent protests rocked the national capital on January 26 during the farmers’ tractor march.
Meanwhile, The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) and the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) on Wednesday announced the withdrawal of the protests of farmers running on the outskirts of Delhi.
Both farmer unions condemned the violence that erupted during the tractor march in New Delhi on Republic Day and said they could not continue the protest in this manner.
Announcing the move, All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee leader VM Singh said his organization was withdrawing the farmers’ protest with immediate effect as the format of its protest is “unacceptable”.
“We are discontinuing our agitation but our fight for farmers’ rights will continue,” AIKSCC leader VM Singh was quoted as saying by news agency ANI at Ghazipur border.
He added that the agitation will continue “but not like this”. “This format is not acceptable,” VM Singh said.
Speaking about the violence during the tractor march by farmers on Republic Day in New Delhi, VM Singh said that he and his organization had nothing to do with it.
VM Singh said he had nothing to do with the protest led by Rakesh Tikait, leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, which has also been named in the FIR and accused of attempted murder for the 26 January violence.
VM Singh told ANI, “I have nothing to do with his protest and the protest being presented by Rakesh Tikait.”
He said, “We cannot pursue the protest with anyone who has a different direction. Therefore, I wish them all the best, but VM Singh and the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee are withdrawing this protest immediately.”
I have nothing to do with the protest which is being led by them and over here being represented by Rakesh Tikait on their behalf: Sardar VM Singh, Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan https://t.co/CYKZoH9y4y
— ANI (@ANI) January 27, 2021
Meanwhile, Thakur Bhanu Pratap Singh, president of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) said he too is withdrawing from the protest and is pained to see the violence in Delhi.
“I am deeply pained by whatever happened in Delhi yesterday and amending our 58-day protest,” he told ANI.
I am deeply pained by whatever happened in Delhi yesterday and ending our 58-day protest: Thakur Bhanu Pratap Singh, president of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) at Chilla border pic.twitter.com/5WNdxM9Iqo
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 27, 2021
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 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.