Statesman News Service | Chandigarh
Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar and Parliamentarian Gaurav Gogoi addressing a press conference at party office at party's Haryana unit office in Chandigarh on Monday
Blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for farmers' plight, the Congress party in Haryana on Monday announced that it would start a week-long agitation against the government.
Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Ashok Tanwar said that the party workers headed by the leaders including MPs and MLAs would hit the roads on coming June 18 stating protest against the government. He said, "The BJP rule is responsible for pathetic conditions of farmers in the country. Our party will go on week-long agitation against the government's failure on issues relating to farmers and women's safety."
"In Haryana, drinking water is not available for people in many districts. Women are not safe and the power supply is pathetic. Our party will take on the ruling BJP on all these issues," Tanwar said.
Calling the BJP government as anti-farmer, anti-labourer and anti-youths, Tanwar further stated that leaders should come united to build pressure on the government.
Congress spokesperson and Lok Sabha MP Gaurav Gogoi also hit out at Narendra Modi-led BJP government for the ongoing farmers' unrest in many states.
Holding responsible, the Modi-led BJP government for the ongoing agitations by farmers, Gogoi alleged that the BJP rule has failed to safeguard the interests of farming community, labourers and youths.
However, refuting these claims, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij accused the Congress party of provoking farmers to resort violence in the country.
Vij said, "Congress party is provoking the farmers. Video footages show the Congress leaders doing so in recent Mandsaur incident of Madhya Pradesh. For prevalence of peace, the Congress party should be banned in the country," Vij said.
Farmers in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have been agitating seeking loan waivers, higher minimum support prices (MSP) and other benefits. The agitation in MP turned violent during last week leaving at least five farmers dead while several injured after firing took place.
While the Opposition parties accusing the BJP government for the unrest, the ruling party is alleging that the Congress is provoking farmers and politicising the issue.
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