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BJP MLA blames Sonia, Rahul for R-day farmer violence, Cong hits back

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The Republic Day violence has started a debate as who were behind manipulating the peaceful farmers’ protest into a turbulent one that created chaos in the national capital. When the blame game has started in the political corridors, BJP MLA Surendra Singh alleged that the R-day violence took place on the directions of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, and that a case of sedition should be lodged against those involved in it.

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Reprimanding the ruling party in harsh words, Uttar Pradesh Congress media coordinator Lalan Kumar stated that the BJP was responsible for the violence and that BJP MLA’s statement shows his “mental bankruptcy”.

To note, the intended “peaceful” tractor rally on January 26 that was organised to highlight the demands of the farmer unions to repeal three contentious farm laws turned violent as tens of thousands of protesters stormed into central Delhi while breaking barriers, fighting with police, overturning vehicles and hoisting a religious flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

Talking about the incident on Tuesday night, the BJP MLA said, “The act of violence during tractor parade is condemnable. A case of sedition should be lodged and strict action should be taken against those involved in the act”.

Singh further alleged, “There is foreign hand behind the violence. The incident had taken place on directions of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Congress leaders not expressing any regret over the incident proves that.”

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Hitting back strongly to the allegations, Kumar said, “The BJP government, Home Ministry, police and intelligence agencies were responsible for whatever happened during the tractor parade.”

“For bringing bad name to the agitation some persons intruded in the guise of farmers. Deep Sidhu is an example. Sidhu was representative of BJP MP Sunny Deol…BJP should tell how Sidhu is related with it and what punishment will he be getting for whatever he did at Red Fort,” Kumar added.

However, actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol denied any link with Deep Sidhu, who has been accused of instigating farmers to hoist their religious flag on Red Fort. But late night a photo of Sidhu with Deol and Prime Minister Narendra Modi started to make rounds on the internet.

Expressing anguish over the violence, Congress reiterated that there is no place for such incidents in a democracy, even as it urged PM Modi to “shun arrogance” and repeal the three farm laws.

Meanwhile, UP Minister for Backward Welfare, Anil Rajbhar’s statement on Tuesday had also stirred controversy who said that “those protesting in Delhi are not farmers but middlemen-type people, who stand exposed after the incident.”

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“The work of farmers is not to protest on roads with their tractors. They always work in their fields. They are protesting laws passed in Parliament,” the Minister added.

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