After the violence during the Republic Day tractor rally in Delhi, farmers have canceled the Budget day march to Parliament. The US Embassy in Delhi issued an advisory instructing American government personnel to avoid areas where clashes between farmers and police have been reported.
On Wednesday, Indian farmers protesting against the government’s controversial farm laws stated that they have canceled the scheduled march to Parliament on February 1, when India’s annual budget would be presented. The farmers suspended the Budget day march in light of the violence during the Republic Day tractor parade on Tuesday in Delhi.
The farmer leaders have alleged that there was a conspiracy behind Tuesday’s incidents and demanded a probe. However, the farmers have said that the protests against the new agriculture laws will continue and public meetings and hunger strikes will take place across the country on January 30.
Farmer leader Darshan Pal said: “We have canceled our plan for a march to Parliament on budget day on February 1. But our agitation will continue and there will be public meetings and hunger strike across the country on January 30.” The police have accused Pal of making inflammatory speeches.
Meanwhile, following the violence in the national capital, the US Embassy in Delhi issued an advisory instructing American government personnel to avoid areas where clashes between farmers and police have been reported and to exercise caution if they are present in the vicinity of any large groups, demonstration or protests.
In the advisory, the US Embassy said: “Media outlets are reporting clashes between New Delhi Police and protesting farmers throughout areas of Delhi including the northern border of Delhi, areas along the Republic Day parade route, and downtown areas near the India Gate.” It added: “US government personnel have been advised to avoid these areas, stay at home, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large groups, protests, or demonstrations.”
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