The Haryana Congress has announced that it will boycott the all-party meeting scheduled for Saturday evening, convened by the ruling BJP government on the issues of SYL canal and reservation for Jat and four other castes.
Briefing newspersons, the state party president Ashok Tanwar and Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhry said the party had decided not to participate in the said meeting as it had already clarified its stand on the issues – Congress had sought dismissal of the BJP government for its total failure in preventing and checking unprecedented violence and arson during the recent Jat stir. Congress also believes BJP was only fooling people on SYL canal issue as it had alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) government in Punjab and had its government in the Centre.
“BJP can find a solution to the SYL canal issue if it wants to serve the interest of Haryana. But, it is only fooling the people of Haryana with an eye on polls in Punjab next year by making it a political issue,’’ Choudhry said.
On the question of Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh supporting Punjab’s stand on SYL issue, the Haryana Congress leaders said that they were not in agreement with their Punjab counterpart. They further said that they would take up the issue with party high command.
They further alleged that it was shocking that the same BJP government which had failed to check large-scale violence during the Jat stir, was now framing innocent victims in several cases. “The government has not even visited the victims in areas where many properties had been gutted,’’ Choudhry said.
When asked why Congress leaders are not taking up the issues personally at the all-party meet, Tanwar and Choudhry said that to them the said meeting was just an eye-wash as the BJP government’s intentions were not clear right from the beginning of the Jat stir.