OPINION | With the entry of politicians, farmer leaders now stand on the crossroads

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OPINION | With the entry of politicians, farmer leaders now stand on the crossroads

The picture of a senior Delhi Police officer bloodied after a sword assault by a protester on Friday at Delhi’s Singhu border has prompted nationwide consternation. This occurred three days after the January 26 mayhem throughout which anti-national parts disrespected our nationwide flag on the Pink Fort, and rushing tractors and swords have been utilized by protesters to injure and maim policemen.  

The courageous police officer, Alipur Station Home Officer Pradeep Paliwal was attacked with a sword on Friday by Ranjeet Singh, a resident of Nawanshahr, Punjab, who was a part of a violent mob. The rapid provocation was a pitched battle that happened amongst residents of close by villages who have been demanding that the protesters ought to go away Singhu border. This led to stoning from each side.
SHO Pradeep Paliwal alongside along with his males had gone there to regulate the state of affairs. He was making an attempt to pacify the mob, when rioters got here out of a tent brandishing swords, crossed the barricades and attacked police. Ranjit Singh attacked Paliwal with the sword a number of occasions, the police officer’s hand suffered extreme bruises, and blood started to ooze from his arm in the direction of his palm. Paliwal instructed India TV reporter Kumar Sonu that the assault was instigated by two farm leaders Satnam Singh Pannu and Sarwan Singh Pandher, who have been current on the spot.

Now, there shouldn’t be an iota of doubt that the violence is being micro-managed by self-proclaimed farmer leaders like Pannu and Pandher, who’re nonetheless a part of the highest management of farmers. These two leaders are already going through costs of sedition due to the January 26 Pink Fort incidents. If different farm leaders think about Pannu and Pandher as responsible of crimes, the query arises, why these teams have been allowed to erect tents with different protesting farmers?

The assault on SHO Paliwal was not an remoted incident. There have been assaults on policemen at completely different locations on Friday. The SHO of Narela was additionally attacked with swords, however he was saved in time by his colleagues from the marauding mob. The SHO returned to responsibility after getting first assist. An IPS officer was additionally injured within the stoning by the mob.

Stress started when greater than 200 villagers from close by areas arrived on the protest web site at round midday, holding placards and nationwide flag. They demanded that the protesters should go away the realm. After shouting slogans, the group broke by way of the police  cordon and entered the protest web site. The protesting farmers retaliated with swords and sticks, and police needed to resort to lathi-charge and firing of tear fuel shells. The villagers have been lastly pushed out by police and peace was restored.

India TV reporters spoke to a number of previous girls among the many native villagers who complained that womenfolk within the villages have been unable to freely transfer round for the final two months due to eve-teasing and lewd feedback by among the anti-social parts among the many squatting farmers. If such incidents happen within the guise of farmers’ agitation, no person with a sane thoughts will tolerate such actions. 
These villagers had been offering water, milk, fruit and greens to the protesting farmers for the final two months, however now they’re offended and need the farmers to go away.

There are reviews that farmer leaders are pleading with their supporters to not go away the ‘dharna’ websites as a result of their agitation will lose its steam. Media individuals are usually not being allowed to go close to the tents with cameras. There are reviews that a lot of the tents at the moment are vacant and the supporters have left for his or her properties in Punjab. Our reporter Vijaylaxmi was stopped from utilizing her digital camera when she went to a number of tents. She cross-checked with native distributors who confirmed that a lot of the farmers have left after the January 26 mayhem.

An analogous state of affairs has occurred at Delhi’s Tikri border, the place villagers from close by areas staged protest and demanded that the farmers ought to go away the realm by Sunday, in any other case the locals from 36 villages would retaliate. Right here too, girls from villages complained that there had been circumstances of eve-teasing by some anti-social parts, who brazenly devour liquor within the night and trigger nuisance. The identical is the state of affairs in Shahjahanpur on Haryana-Rajasthan border, the place native villagers have been constantly demanding that the farmers should now go away.

The state of affairs was completely different at UP gate in Ghazipur, the place Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Rakesh Tikait continues to sit down on ‘dharna’. Farmers from western UP have determined at a mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar that they might rejoin the protest at Ghazipur. Visuals of Rakesh Tikait in tears on Thursday night have mobilized the farmers in western UP belt, who’ve come ahead to sit down with the farmer chief.

On Friday, Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh spoke to Rakesh Tikait over telephone and prolonged his assist. His son, Jayant Chaudhary went to Ghazipur and met Tikait. Aam Aadmi Celebration chief Manish Sisodia additionally went to Ghazipur and met Tikait in a present of solidarity.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi addressed a press convention, the place he warned that the farmers’ protests, if not resolved, would unfold to different cities and can trigger instability. He alleged that the federal government was making an attempt to “terrorize” protesting farmers and crush the agitation. Rahul Gandhi repeated his earlier cost that the Prime Minister was working on the behest of 5 businessmen, and on their recommendation, he had resorted to demonetization, imposed GST and now the three farm legal guidelines.

Among the many politicians, the voice of sanity was heard from Punjab chief minister Captain Amrinder Singh who appealed to farmer leaders to attend conferences with the Centre to resolve the dispute over farm legal guidelines. Capt Amrinder Singh stated, “the agitation has now misplaced its steam” as a result of violence on January 26, and warned that if the issue was not solved it might trigger contemporary unrest in Punjab, which is able to swimsuit Pakistan’s agenda.

Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal alleged that BJP was sending its employees within the guise of native villagers to out the farmers from the protest websites. Badal instructed his occasion cadre to hurry to Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders to bolster the energy of the protesting farmers and counter the problem from BJP.

I’ve watched the remarks made by all these political leaders. It seems that political leaders like Rahul Gandhi and Sukhbir Singh Badal, are presently extra apprehensive in comparison with the farmer leaders due to the waning assist to the farmers’ agitation. They’re apprehensive over giant variety of farmers deserting the protest websites on their very own. That is the rationale why these political leaders try to mobilize their very own occasion employees to hitch the farmers’ agitation.

As long as the farmers’ agitation was in full steam, and the federal government was concerned in discussions, these leaders have been pleased over the political harvest that they have been anticipating, however now they discover a political win slipping by way of their fingers, due to waning assist. It might be higher if Rahul Gandhi listened to his personal occasion chief Capt Amrinder Singh’s views on farmers’ agitation, however he appears to have the least inclination to take action.

As for the farm leaders, gone are the times once they have been stiffly resisting any try by any political chief to come back up on their dais. They’d consciously saved politicians at bay. However on Friday, with the arrival of politicians from completely different events on the protest websites, their promise of holding the farmers’ agitation free from politics, has now vanished into skinny air. The farmers’ agitation has now misplaced its sheen. The violence on Republic Day and the disrespect to the nationwide flag, has made the frequent public lose their belief within the farmers’ motion. The farmer leaders at the moment stand on the crossroads. They have no idea which path to observe.


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