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Tanwar begins ‘satyagrah’ dharna sans party MLAs and senior leaders
After former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda launched a statewide agitation against the BJP Government on farmers’ issues, his known detractor Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar on Monday began ‘satyagrah’ dharna in Karnal to highlight the farmers’ woes and deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
With factional feud between Hooda and Tanwar continuing to simmer even after the directives from party’s high command to stay united, both the senior leaders are leading “separate” party agitations to raise farmers’ woes.
In the absence of party MLAs and senior state leaders, Tanwar on Monday began his three days ‘satyagrah’ dharna in Karnal to extend support to the farmers and demand implementation of Swaminathan report and loan waiver for the farmers.
Accompanied by his loyalist MLAs and senior party leaders, Hooda had launched his agitation by organizing a “kisan panchayat” at Kurukshetra on June 16 and also announced to hold ‘kisan panchayats’ in all the districts of the state to raise the farmers’ issues.
At his ‘satyagrah’ dharna, Tanwar, while talking to the mediapersons said that the Congress will continue to fight for the rights of farmers. The dharna will continue till June 21 and he will be joined by farmers, labourers, martyrs families and party office bearers during the three days, said he.
Lashing out at the BJP for Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur firing incident which led to the death of six farmers, Tanwar said that the BJP led Central and Haryana Governments are insensitive towards farmers and trying to suppress their voice.
Since, the BJP government has come to power at the Centre and in the state, the farming community is worst hit, he added.
Tanwar also criticized the BJP led Haryana Government for deteriorating law and order situation in the State.
On being asked about separate party agitation launched by former CM Hooda, Tanwar said that all protests are being held by the Congress and the party is extending its support to the farming community.
Tanwar and leader of Legislature Party Kiran Choudhry were kept out of the loop when Hooda announced to organize a series of “kisan panchayat” across the state and later, a mahapanchayat in December this year.
To step up pressure at the BJP Government for implementation of Swaminathan report, Hooda will hold these ‘kisan panchayats’ in all districts of the state. Hooda had last week also led a delegation of 12 Congress MLAs to submit a memorandum to Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki pertaining to plight of the farmers of the state.
Notably, the factional feud in Haryana Congress had intensified after the party workers clash in New Delhi last year where Tanwar had sustained injuries and accused Hooda of planning an attack on him.
After the party workers clash in New Delhi, 12 MLAs, owing allegiance to former Chief Minister Hooda had made it clear to the party high command that they will not attend any party meeting or programme under Tanwar. The MLAs had also demanded Tanwar’s removal from the top position.
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