Centre Planned R-Day Red Fort Violence, Misguided Farmers: Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal reaffirmed his support to the protesting farmers on Sunday and accused the Centre of orchestrating violence at Red Fort on Republic Day.

“The Centre is behind the Red Fort violence, not the farmers. It misguided the farmers who did not know Delhi roads,” Kejriwal said while addressing a ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ in Meerut.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief stressed that he is fully aware of what happened on January 26 – when the farmers who have been agitating against the contentious agriculture laws for three months — as he is the chief minister of the Union territory.

“The farmers of our country are unhappy. It has been more than 90 days that they have been protesting near Delhi along with their families. More than 250 farmers have died in these three months, but the Centre has done nothing about it,” Kejriwal said.

He went on to say that the farmers faced atrocities which were not meted out even during the British rule.

“And now, false cases are being slapped on protesters. Our farmers can be anything but not traitors. However, they have faced sedition charges. One son of the country is defending the country’s borders, the other is at the border of Delhi,” Kejriwal said as farmers raised slogans like ‘jai jawan, jai kisan’ (long live farmers, long live soldiers) and ‘kala kanoon wapas lo’ (repeal the black laws).

Thousands of farmers have been protesting at different points of the Delhi border since November 26, 2020, demanding the withdrawal of three farm laws, which Kejriwal said are like “a death warrant for farmers.”

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