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Farmers not anti-national, Red Fort violence orchestrated by BJP, alleges Kejriwal

News Agencies | Updated on: 28 February 2021, 16:47 IST

Extending his support to the farmers agitating in the national capital against the three farm laws, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers of perpetrating the violence that took place on Republic Day at Red Fort during farmers' tractor rally.

He alleged that the Red Fort violence was planned by the BJP and those who hoisted a flag on the monument on the Republic Day were their party workers.

Protesters broke barricades to enter New Delhi and clashed with police in several parts of the national capital during the January 26 'tractor rally' protest organised by the farmers.

The protestors had also entered the iconic Mughal era monument Red Fort and unfurled their flags from its ramparts.

Speaking at a public rally in Meerut, the Delhi Chief Minister said, "The entire Red Fort incident was planned by them. Many people told me that they (demonstrators) were deliberately shown the wrong path as they did not know streets of Delhi. Those who hoisted flag were their (BJP) workers. Our farmers can be anything but anti-nationals."

He went on to accuse the Centre of filing cases against farmers for carrying out "anti-national activities".

"Today, BJP's central government has filed cases against farmers for carrying out anti-national activities. Even Britishers did not have this courage. They call our farmers terrorists," the AAP chief said.

Cornering the Centre for not withdrawing the central farm laws, Kejriwal termed these legislations as "death warrant" for farmers.

"Centre's three farm laws are death warrant for farmers. The government wants to take away their lands and give them to 3-4 capitalists. Farmers will become labourers in their own fields, that is why it is a do or die situation for farmers," he said,

Drawing parallels between the BJP and Britishers, he said the even the former coloniser did not oppress our farmers to this extent. "Even Britishers did not oppress our farmers to this extent, they did not fix nails on the ground. This government has left behind the Britishers," he said.

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.


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First published: 28 February 2021, 16:47 IST