Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said at a press interaction that Congress is responsible as it is the ruling party in Punjab, the state from where most of the protestors who indulged in violence hailed from.
“There is a Congress government there (in Punjab). They deliberately instigated the farmers. Tweets put out by Congress and its leaders clearly show this,” Javadekar said, adding that Congress had put out a tweet on January 26 stating that attempts are being made to label a peaceful tractor rally of farmers as violent.
The union minister said what happened at Red Fort, the attacks on police personnel with swords, lathis, stones was anything but peaceful. The Delhi police have stated that 400 of their personnel were injured in these attacks.
Javadekar said Youth Congress had tweeted that it supports the farmer tractor rally. However, video footage shows that the tractors were used to bulldoze buses and attack policemen.
“When a farmer died in a tractor accident, Congress had he had died due to police atrocities,” the minister said. Rahul Gandhi tweeted much later against the violence taking place.
BJP has alleged that Congress is behaving in this manner as it is dejected and depressed due to successive election defeats. The same is the case with the Left parties and both are trying to stitch an alliance in West Bengal for survival.
Javadekar alleged that Congress is acting in this manner due to its arrogance and concern over its decreasing popularity.
He defended the government, saying it had held 10 rounds of negotiations with the farmers and even showed readiness to suspend the three farm laws but to no avail. There is no apparent reason for repealing the laws and the government was willing to discuss clause by clause. The protesting farmers were firm on repealing the laws.
The information and broadcasting minister said Congress allegations against the government was a case of the pot calling the kettle black. “MSP and ownership of land are both intact under the new farm laws. Congress understands this but does not want a resolution for political gains. Congress has fallen to new depths,” he said.
He demanded that Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the nation for the role of his party in instigating the violence and vandalism by the protestors.