Congress announces 'struggle day' to take on govt's yoga assembly diktat

  • Ishtiyaq Sibtian Joo, Hindustan Times, Hisar
  • Updated: Jun 14, 2015 11:50 IST

The Congress party on Saturday claimed that former members who defected towards the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were now keen to return as they felt "suffocated in saffron colors".

"Many of our former members who left us for BJP are now coming in our functions again. They complain that BJP has nothing to offer, except for asking to take up the broom and do the cleaning and yoga," the state Congress chief, Ashok Tanwar, said while addressing party workers at Congress Bhawan.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission and also the national yoga day celebrations, Tanwar called BJP party leaders "stuntmen who start such things only to stay in the news".

"BJP government started the sanitation programme for one day… the leaders got themselves photographed and afterwards left the programme halfway through. A few days later they scrapped the progamme altogether," Tanwar said.

The Congress leader announce his party will observe "struggle day" and start the second phase of Kisan Mazdoor Sanwad Padyatra on June 21, when the Yoga Day celebrations will be held.

"I am doing yoga from last six years. And its regular practitioners know that doing yoga for one day is not going to change anything," Tanwar said.

The Congress president also expressed doubt on the construction of an international airport, proposed to be built at Hisar, saying "I am confident that BJP doesn't have the will power required to execute the project".

Tanwar also took a dig at some of his own senior colleagues, saying they were acting as mute spectators.

"Some of our party people, after enjoying the cream, are now sitting aside. Everyone needs to understand that the party would take a strict action against those who are not doing anything for party's development," Tanwar said.

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