Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar and Congress legislature party (CLP) leader Kiran Choudhry on Sunday announced to launch statewide protests on Monday against the BJP government in the state for its alleged anti-people and anti-farmer approach.
Participating in a ‘Holi Milan’ event here, the two leaders said the protests would be launched at Rewari on Monday and culminate at Chandigarh on March 9, with the party leaders and activists gheraoing the Vidhan Sabha complex.
Addressing the gathering in this stronghold of former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in his absence, Tanwar and Kiran Choudhry solicited the support of the local people in their struggle by claiming that they were now holding the reins of the grand old party in Haryana.
“Sabse muzboot ped ko chuno. Aaj Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi ka ashirwaad jiskay saath hai, uskay saath judo. Baaqi to aandhi aane par ud jayenge (Choose the strongest tree which have the direct blessings of the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. When a storm would come, all other trees would be uprooted),” said Tanwar in a veiled attack on Hooda during the event.
Speaking on similar lines, Choudhry also tried to strike a chord in the hearts of the people of Rohtak district and said that she also has the robustness like ‘deswali’ people and reassured party workers that she would not leave them in lurch, if they decide to support them.
“Main kissi se darti nahin. Zaroorat padne par tumse pehle lath khaungi. (I fear no one. If need be, I would be the first one to face the baton),” asserted Choudhry while slamming the NDA government at the Centre and the BJP government in the state, for failing the aspirations of people.
She also denounced the union budget, saying it is a farce and just held out development dreams without being realistic.
She said the condition of farmers and the common man has gone from bad to worse with the BJP coming to power at the Centre and in the state. “Where is MS Swaminathan Commission report and the promised special allowance for the unemployed youth. Why there is shortage of urea and the crime against women on the rise”, asked Choudhry, while urging people to support them in their fight against the government.
Hooda and his MP son Deepander Singh Hooda were not present at this high-profile party event organised by former state home minister Subhash Batra at Model Town colony here.
Regarding Hooda’s absence on the occasion, Batra, who recently re-joined the Congress, said that he had sent an invitation to him but the ex-CM chose not to turn up.
HOODA CAMP HOLDS PARALLEL EVENT
Meanwhile, a parallel ‘Holi Milan’ was to be held by the supporters of Hooda in Rohtak late on Sunday evening wherein the former CM was scheduled to participate. Political observers felt that the event was organised to counter his rival party colleagues’ efforts to storm his stronghold. Hooda served as the chief minister of the state for two consecutive terms. A party worker said that a ‘Holi-Milan’ eventould be organised at the Mansarovar Colony here by the Hooda camp. firstname.lastname@example.org