Haryana MLA extends support to protesting farmers, quits as livestock devp board chairman

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Haryana MLA extends support to protesting farmers, quits as livestock devp board chairman

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 | PNS | Chandigarh

Extending his support to the farmers protesting against the Centre's new farm laws, an independent MLA from Dadri, Somvir Sangwan, who is supporting the BJP-JJP government in Haryana on Monday resigned from the chairmanship of Haryana Livestock Development board.

In his letter to the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, he said, "I have resigned from my post in support of farmers. Like the entire country, farmers from my assembly constituency Dadri are also protesting against these laws. In this situation, extending my full support to them is a priority for me and my moral duty too."

"I have given the farmers full support after listening to my inner conscience," the MLA wrote. Somvir is also the head of the Sangwan Khap and had made this announcement in the Sangwan Khap panchayat in Charkhi Dadri.

Sangwan Khap will join the ongoing farmers’ movement in Delhi from Tuesday. In Dadri, it was decided on Monday that the people of Khap will travel to Delhi from December 1 in support of farmers.

Sangwan, who is favouring farmers' movement, had reached the Haryana Assembly as an independent candidate after defeating BJP candidate wrestler Babita Phogat from Charkhi Dadri seat in 2019 assembly elections.

He had contested the 2014 assembly elections from Charkhi Dadri on Bharatiya Janata Party ticket. Meanwhile, several khaps in Haryana have extended support to the agitating farmers and announced plans to reach Delhi on Tuesday. The Khap leaders also called upon the Central Government to immediately hold talks with farmers and resolve the issue.

A majority of bodies representing around 90 khaps spread mainly across the eight districts of Sonepat, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Dadri, Jind, Hisar and Kaithal and dominated by the Jat community have expressed solidarity with the protestors.

Surajmal, president of the Sheokand khap, which dominates 22 villages in Uchana expressed his opposition to the farm laws and said they had made arrangements for food, milk and accommodation for the Punjab farmers when they passed through Jind district last week.

Bijender Sheoran, head of the Sheoran Khap which dominates 25 villages of Badhra constituency represented by Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant’s mother Naina Chautala, said he had called for a meeting of the khap body on December1 at Badhra over the issue of farmers’ protest.

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