Farmers' Protest: Republic Day Violence In Delhi Insult To Nation, Says Amarinder Singh
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday described the Republic Day violence especially at the Red Fort in Delhi as an "insult to the nation".
Wielding sticks and clubs and holding the tricolour and union flags, tens of thousands of farmers atop tractors broke barriers, had clashed with the police and had entered the city from various points to lay siege to the Red Fort.
He said the incident has brought shame to the country and weakened the farmers' agitation, but made it clear that he continued to stand with them as the Centre's agri laws were "wrong" and against India's federal ethos.
He said the Red Fort is a symbol of independent India and thousands of people had laid down their lives for the country's freedom and to see the national flag flying atop the historic fort.
Mahatma Gandhi used non-violent means in his struggle for India's independence, he said.
"My head hangs in shame at what happened yesterday (Tuesday) in the national capital," Mr Singh said in a statement in Chandigarh.