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Farmers call off Feb 1 march to Parliament; 2 unions withdraw from protests

New Delhi: Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Balbir S Rajewal on Wednesday said that the farmers’ march to Parliament planned for 1 February (Budget day) has been postponed due to the violence on Republic Day.

“On Martyrs’ Day, we will hold public rallies across India on behalf of the farmers’ agitation. We will also keep a one-day fast,” he said, according to ANI.

Earlier, in a significant development, two major farmers’ unions — the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) and the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee — have condemned the violence and vandalism that shamed the nation on Republic Day and decided to withdraw from farmers’ protests with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police have filed an FIR mentioning the names of 37 farmer leaders, including Medha Patkar, Buta Singh, Yogendra Yadav, Rakesh Tikait and Darshan Pal, holding them responsible for January 26 violence.

The FIR states that acts like not following mutually agreed route and timing of farmers’ rally to disrupt R-Day parade were done. Farmer leaders Rajinder Singh, Balbir Singh Rajewal, Buta Singh Burjgil & Joginder Singh Ugraha too have been named in the FIR for breach of NOC issued regarding farmers’ tractor rally.


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