Thakur Bhanu Pratap Singh, the President of Bhartiya Kisan Union and Sardar VM Singh who had been leading the farmers’ protest for Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan on Wednesday expressed grief over what happened in Delhi on January 26 and said that they don’t support violence and thus are withdrawing from the protest right away.
VM Singh while addressing the media said, “I can’t carry forward protest with someone whose direction is different. I wish them best but VM Singh & Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan are withdrawing from the protest“.
Besides withdrawing from the protest VM Singh also blamed Bhartiya Kisan Union’s spokesperson, Rakesh Tikait, for the violence that was unleashed in Delhi.
For the unaware, a video of Rakesh Tikait has been going viral wherein he can be heard asking the farmers to be armed with lathis for the Republic Day tractor rally.
In the video, Tikait could be heard saying “The government is not listening. Come with your sticks and flags.” And after a ‘pause’, Tikait is asking his supporters to “understand his words, come along with tiranga atop lathis”.
The pause must be heard.
After the post went viral, Tikait came forward with an explanation. “Uneducated people were driving tractors, they did not know the paths of Delhi. Administration told them the way towards Delhi. They went to Delhi and returned home. Some of them unknowingly deflected towards Red Fort. Police guided them to return and they returned,” Tikait said.
“Those who created violence and unfurled flags at Red Fort will have to pay for their deeds. For the last two months, a conspiracy is going on against a particular community. This is not a movement of Sikhs, but farmers. Our issues remain the same and our protest will continue,” he added.
As many as 300 policemen were injured in the chaos that was unleashed by the ‘farmers’ in Delhi on Tuesday.