As the sequel of unanticipated developments of violence that were unfolded during their Tractor parade that was held on Republic Day, the unions of the protesting farmers have come up with a new decision of canceling their march towards the Parliament which was planned, amid their incessant agitation, on February 1, when Finance Minister will table the Union Budget.
According to reports, the farmers' unions had on Wednesday made the decision of canceling their march towards Parliament after Delhi was shaken by the large-scale unrest and violence erupted between the farmers and Delhi Police when the former allegedly tried to breach the barricades to enter Central Delhi, that wasn't on the chart of the prescribed route of their Tractor Rally. The violence had killed one farmer and injured hundreds of police officers.
The farmers had carried out their Tractor Rally on January 26th and the police had directed them to rally in the outer ring of the capital. However, the nation had seen shocking visuals from the capital after what was alleged as violations from the farmers as a group of peasants was seen storming the Red Fort and breaking the barricades, which triggered the police to use lathi charge and tear gas to disperse the protesters. It had sparked violence, with the police and farmers were locking horns and rioting in an unprecedented fashion.
Following the riots, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had blocked the communication and internet platforms to mitigate the protests and deployed additional forces to address the violence. While the police clampdown was flayed by the opposition and activists, the farmer leaders said that there was a conspiracy behind Tuesday's violence and demanded a probe.
In the press conference, a farmer leader said that the tractor parade was stormed by the government's conspiracy. The leader stated that Deep Sidhu is an RSS man and the police had let him go after he reportedly hoisted a religious flag at Red Fort. "We have canceled 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 strike across the country on January 30", the farmer leader added.
While the farmer leaders claimed that Tuesday's parade was peaceful with over two lakh tractors and people participated, the Delhi police had named 37 farmer leaders in the FIR in connection with the violence during the tractor rally. Earlier, the farmers had also planned to march towards Parliament, which has now been canceled and the peasants said that they would hold a nationwide hunger strike on January 30.
It must be noted that thousands of farmers have been protesting in Delhi for the last two months with their demand of repealing the three controversial farm laws that were introduced by the Center, which they fear that the laws would dismantle the grounds of Minimum Support Price and would pump in the private players into the agricultural sector. Amid their incessant demand, the Central has been refusing to repeal the farm laws, leaving the situation remain in deadlock.