Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 27
The CPI(M) on Wednesday reiterated its demand for the repeal of the three farm laws, and held the police and the authorities responsible for farmers’ “tractor parade” on R-Day turning violent.
It asked the Union government to announce scrapping of the farm laws forthwith.
In a statement following a meeting of its Polit Bureau, the CPI(M) said that the government should move towards junking of the laws during the very upcoming Budget Session of Parliament.
“The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) extends its full solidarity and support to the Samyukta Kisan Morcha’s decision to continue the peaceful struggle till these retrograde farm laws are repealed,” said the party’s communique.
Lauding the tractor parade organised by farmers’ organisations on R-Day, the party said such parades and other activities expressing solidarity with farmers were organised in all the states.
It further said that the untoward incidents that occurred cannot detract the focus from the main demand.
“These incidents, handiwork of agent provocateurs, some with links to the ruling party, have been denounced by the entire farmers’ movement.”
“At the same time, even on the agreed routes for the tractor parade, the police obstructed by resorting to lathi-charge and teargassing at various places, provoking naturally an angry reaction,” the CPI(M) said and added that such police actions cannot be condoned.