Barring isolated incidents, the tricolor has featured prominently during the protests along with religious flags and those of farmers organizations.
However, the Indian flag has featured significantly during the agitation. Farmers on foot carried a 551-meter long tricolor flag at the Kisan Rally on Republic Day. Additionally, visuals of the flag on tractors along with those of farmers' organizations have been seen regularly throughout the protests. Barring a few isolated incidents, including one alleged desecration of the Indian flag and shouting of pro-Khalistan slogans January in California that was wrongfully attributed to having been done in Delhi - there has been no insult of the national flag on a wide scale at the protests.
“India was saddened by the insult to the tricolor on Republic Day” Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently said with regards to the event on Republic Day. However, leaders of the farmers' agitation have refused such claims. Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait has called it a conspiracy by the central government. "They (central government) do not mind if the country is broken. Using the National Flag issue, they tried to demotivate us. To weaken the protest, they conspired against us. But we emerged stronger after two days," Tikait said. He also asked the government to nab those who insulted the national flag.