As cracks began to appear in their ongoing agitation against the agriculture laws after the violence during the tractor parade, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the umbrella organisation of farmer unions seeking the repeal of new agriculture laws, Wednesday called off its march to Parliament House on February 1.
Earlier, two organisations–BKU (Bhanu) and Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan–withdrew from the protest at the borders of Delhi. Leader of Krantikari Kisan Union, Darshan Pal, speaking for the Morcha at a press conference, said: “We have cancelled our plan for a march to Parliament on Budget day on February 1. But our agitation will continue and there will be public meetings and hunger strikes across the country on January 30.”
The Morcha blamed the Republic Day violence on “a dirty conspiracy… hatched with the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee and others” to break the agitation.
It also called actor-activist Deep Sidhu as an “agent” of the government, and alleged he was behind the hoisting of the Nishan Sahib, the religious flag of the Sikhs, at the Red Fort.
The Morcha offered an “unconditional apology” to those whose feelings had been hurt by the storming of the Red Fort.
BKU (Rajewal) president Balbir Singh Rajewal said: “Ninety per cent farmers carried out the march peacefully. But the cadre of the Kisan Sangharsh Mazdoor Committee were purposefully placed in the front. They were allowed to take a separate route. Limited resistance was put up.”
BKU (Tikait) chief Rakesh Tikait questioned the police decision not to fire at protesters who unfurled the flag and indulged in vandalism inside the Red Fort.
Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav said the Morcha was taking “moral responsibility” for the “regrettable events” as it had given the call for the rally.
However,, Satnam Singh Pannu, president of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, denied any role in the Red Fort incident.