New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the clash between the Delhi Police and the protesting farmers at the UP-Delhi border on Tuesday. Taking to microblogging site Twitter, the Congress president said that the BJP’s two-year celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of Gandhi kicked off with beating up the farmers. Also Read - Bihar Polls: Rahul Gandhi Accuses PM Modi of Not Talking About Problems Like Unemployment Faced by Our Country
“Internationsl ahinsa diwas par BJP ka do varshiya Gandhi Jayanti samaroh shantipurvak Delhi aa rahe kisaano ki barbar pitai se shuru hua. Ab kisan dekh ki Rajdhani aakar apna dard bhi nahi suna sakte,” the Congress president tweeted. Congress is also expected to join the farmers’ agitation tomorrow. Also Read - Save Bihar From 'Jungle Raj': PM Modi Slams Lalu's RJD at Darbhanga Rally
The massive protest turned violent at the border on Tuesday, with police using water cannons and tear gas to disperse them. The farmers then tried to forcibly break barricades and defy prohibitory orders. The clash left many farmers injured, Deputy Commissioner of Police Pankaj Kumar Singh said, adding they hadn’t taken permission to hold a protest.
As the rally of thousands of farmers, under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union to demand a complete loan waiver, approached the UP-Delhi border, the Delhi Police stopped it and imposed section 144 in the east and northeast Delhi. Miffed by the imposition of Section 144, the angry farmers asked why they were stopped when they were “proceeding in a disciplined manner”.
“Why have we been stopped here (at UP-Delhi border)? The rally was proceeding in a disciplined manner. If we don’t tell our government about our problems then whom do we tell? Do we go to Pakistan or Bangladesh?” Naresh Tikait, President of Bharatiya Kisan Union asked.