In an apparent move to strengthen his position in the party, state Congress president Ashok Tanwar said those joining him in the protest against the ruling BJP would be given preference while allocating party tickets in elections.
Addressing a well-attended gathering on the culmination of his first phase of “Kisan Mazdoor Samvad Yatra” at the old grain market in the city on Monday, Tanwar blamed the state and central governments for compromising the rights of the poor and farmers.
‘BJP POLICIES ANTI-POOR’
“The BJP is formulating policies to safeguard the business interests of a few corporate houses at the cost of the financially underprivileged.
The Union government is adamant to snatch the right of land from farmers whereas the working class is ignored in the policy formulation,” he said.
Urging the party workers to regain its lost political mass base, Tanwar said sincere activists would be awarded if they join the party programmes.
He said Hisar district would be covered under the second phase of the “yatra”.
He, however, did not announce the dates for the protest in Hisar.
The Congress leader also demanded minimum support price for poplar plantation and implementation of all recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission report to make farming a suitable avocation.
In a veiled attack on his political bête noire and two-time chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Tanwar said the plight of farmers could be assessed only by spending time with them.
On Sunday, Hooda had organised a political rally at Kandela in Jind district. Of 14 Congress legislators, 13 had shown their solidarity with Hooda.
At today’s public address, several former legislators and office-bearers of the now dissolved district unit stayed away.
Only former Congress ministers Capt Ajay Yadav, Meena Mandal and exMLAs Anil Dhantori, Rajrani Poonam and Anand Kaushik were present.
Tanwar said all those attending public protests organised by the official state body of the party would be given certificates.
Without stating any name, Tanwar called on the party activists to stay away from those who backstabbed the official candidates in the assembly elections.
‘CMO MUST COME CLEAN’
Taking a jibe at chief minister, he said Karnal MP Ashwini Kumar Chopra had made startling revelations against the chief minister’s office (CMO).
“Allegations levelled by an MP that corrupt individuals run their writ in the CMO are serious and it must be probed.
CAPT YADAV SUPPORTS TANWAR
Former finance minister Cap Ajay Yadav extended full support to Tanwar.
“I take Sonia and Rahul Gandhi as my leaders and any individual appointed by them as the state president is the leader in Haryana.
I have no hatred for anyone but I am averse to sycophancy,” he said.