Rahul Gandhi’s tractor rally enters Haryana, only ‘a few people’ allowed, says Anil Vij

Rahul Gandhi’s tractor rally enters Haryana, only ‘a few people’ allowed, says Anil Vij


GURUGRAM: Protests against the Centre’s farm laws will intensify in Haryana from Tuesday as the state Congress rolls out a two-day tractor rally that will be led by Rahul Gandhi from Pehowa and farmers’ bodies backed by AIKSCC and Swaraj India begin a dharna outside deputy CM Dushyant Chautala’s residence to demand his resignation.
Rahul, who’s currently holding tractor rallies in Punjab, will enter Haryana after attending an event in the neighbouring state on Tuesday morning. The Haryana Congress will kickstart its two-day ‘Kisan Bachao’ campaign from Pehowa. “Rahul Gandhi will also visit various mandis and meet farmers and villagers to tell them Congress stands with them and the party is committed to fight it out till the will and welfare of the people prevail,” AICC general secretary Ashish Dua told TOI.
From Pehowa, Rahul will move to Pipli on Wednesday to meet farmers who were recently lathi-charged by police, and from there to Nilokheri and Karnal. The latter is CM Manohar Lal Khattar’s constituency.
But like in UP, the possibility of a face-off with police cannot be ruled out. State home minister Anil Vij claimed that intelligence agencies have credible inputs of an attempt to ‘disturb peace’ in the state and the police were analysing the route map of Rahul’s rally. Vij, however, assured Rahul would not be stopped from entering the state, but only if he comes with “a few people”.
“Congress is in power in Punjab and they want to use state machinery to spoil Haryana’s peaceful atmosphere, which we will not allow. If he wants to come alone or with just a few people, there is no problem. He can come 100 times, we have no objection. But if he comes with a big crowd from Punjab to disturb Haryana’s atmosphere, then we will not permit,” Vij said on Monday.
Congress party functionaries asked the government to direct district administrations to facilitate peaceful protests. “Punjab administration arranged everything so well. The tractor rally started from there and there were no issues. Similarly, Vij can ask his respective district administrations to ensure there are no clashes. We are committed to democratic right of peaceful protest,” Dua added.
In Sirsa, meanwhile, farmers backed by the All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) and led by Swaraj India national president Yogendra Yadav will sit on a dharna outside Dushyant Chautala’s residence. Avik Saha, general secretary of the AIKSCC, said, “Dushyant Chautala has no right to be sitting in that position. His party fought elections on promises made to the farmers that he’ll stand with them. Farmers in the state are demanding that JJP should break the alliance (with BJP).”



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