Tractor rally violence: Javadekar accuses Rahul of instigating farmers; Congress says ‘sack Amit Shah’
NEW DELHI: Politics took a turn for the worse on Wednesday as the BJP and Congress traded in unprecedented violence on Republic Day during a tractor meeting of protesting farmers.
Half of the protesting farmers marched into the Red Fort on Tuesday and hoisted flags at some of the monuments in the national capital. Protesters broke police barriers in many places crossed over to the police.
While the BJP accused Rahul Gandhi of inciting the farmers’ protest, Congress said Amit Shah was responsible for the violence and called him the “minister” of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Indian history. Congress said the violence was Modi’s plot to discredit farmers.
Trade Union Minister Prakash Javadekar accused Congress of inciting farmers’ strike to create violence in the country and said India would not tolerate the insult of its tricolor.
“Those who have lost the election are trying to make a difference in the country by any means,” Javadekar told a news conference at BJP headquarters.
He said: “Rahul Gandhi not only sponsored protests but also incited them. The same was true during the CAA, when Congress convened a rally, mobilizing people to take to the streets and violence erupted the next day.
Javadekar said the Punjab government had not arrested anyone for security reasons despite indications that there could be a problem during the meeting.
“While some farmers’ leaders said in the last game, the Punjab government should have taken care of the tractors leaving the state and arrested ordinary visitors,” Javadekar said.
Earlier, Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala accused the Modi government of being part of a conspiracy to overthrow farmers by allowing other perpetrators to enter the Red Fort camp and raise a religious flag.
Surjewala questioned how a group of 500 people entered the area without being stopped by police, who remained silent as protesters marched on violence and violence.
“The federation, which was aided and abetted by the State Government, continues to denigrate the entire farmers’ organization and dismiss it and bury the need to abolish the three black anti-agricultural laws under the auspices of the FIR,” Surjewala told reporters.
“Significant security breaches and intelligence failures of one of India’s top officials, Amit Shah. Amit Shah should be fired immediately,” he said.
Surjewala went on to say, “Would such a Minister of Housing, the weakest in Indian history 73 years ago, be allowed to remain in office for just one day?
Meanwhile, a day after the violence in which about 400 police officers were injured, Delhi police have filed more than 25 cases and arrested 19 people in a collision.
When Delhi police called a few farmer leaders to their FIRS, the opposition party asked why no case had been registered against actor Depidhu or Lakha Sidhana.
Deep Sidhu is at risk of a hurricane by being among the protesters who raised a religious flag at Red Fort on Republic Day.
The bodies of several farmers accused him of inciting protesters to march on Red Fort during a tractor by farmers on Tuesday.
They also accused 36-year-old Sidhu of trying to calm farmers’ unrest peacefully over the agricultural reforms introduced by the central government.
Punjab Congress MP Jasbir Singh Gill Dimpa, who opposes the farm rules, said, “Someone has noticed that there is a registered case against De Deep Sidhu or Lakha Sidhana.”