According to ANI reports, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief Anil Chaudhary alleged that the R-Day violence during the tractor rally in Delhi was a conspiracy by the central government to defame the protesting farmers.
“We condemn the violence that broke out in Delhi on Republic Day. We condemn the way in which the central government conspired to defame the farmer unions and farmer leaders on a day like Republic Day. It is unfortunate. A conspiracy was hatched to discredit this farmers’ movement,” Chaudhary was quoted saying by ANI at the Ghazipur border.
The DPCC chief joined the farmers in their 2 months long protest and said showing his support, “Through FIRs, farmers were declared as traitors. But I want to say that farmers are not afraid of going to jails. They are protesting as it the question of their existence.”
Chaudhary also stated that Congress has been supporting the farmers’ protest since day one and will continue to do so. Explaining the reason for the party’s support, he said, “Our party had protested outside governors’ residence across the country. Rahul Gandhi submitted the signatures of farmers to President Ram Nath Kovind. We think that these laws are disastrous for the country and farmers and hence we support the protest”
Following the R-day violence on January 26, a total of 394 Delhi police personnel were injured and public properties were vandalised. Farmers have been protesting against the 3 controversial farm laws laid by the Centre in September.
The 3 newly enacted farm laws are, 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.