Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Ashok Tanwar on Thursday said his party would fight tooth and nail the anti-farmer polices of the government and would soon launch an agitation.
Addressing the workers on the conclusion of the three-day "Padyatra" by Youth Congress national general secretary Himmat Singh focussing on the deplorable condition of the Ambala-Kaithal highway, Tanwar said both state and the central governments had failed to fulfil their promises made in the run up to the parliamentary and assembly elections.
He claimed that the Prime Minister had promised to implement 'Swaminathan' report immediately after coming to power, but that had not been done even after nearly 11 months of his government.
Tanwar said rather a draconian Land Acquisition Bill (LAB) had been brought in to corner farmers' land for the corporates, while the state government had failed to announce pay scales to employees on Punjab pattern and had also not increased the old age pension as was announced by the Congress government.
Former union minister and Rajya Sabha MP Kumari Selja said the people had become disenchanted with the BJP government within few months of its coming to power, adding that the party had attained power on false promises.
Demanding `30,000 per acre compensation to farmers affected by unseasoned rains, she said the prices had been increasing and there was no relief to people, adding that the LAB was anti-farmer and would serve only the interests of corporate houses.
Later, the Congress workers handed over a memorandum to deputy commissioner Mandeep Singh Brar, which was addressed to the governor, and several former MLAs had also accompanied the protesters.?