Farmers’ widows to flag off Capt Amarinder’s three-day ‘kisan yatra’
Widows of debt-ridden farmers who committed suicide will flag off state Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh’s three-day “kisan bus yatra” on Monday.punjab Updated: Oct 17, 2016 10:36 IST
Widows of debt-ridden farmers who committed suicide will flag off state Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh’s three-day “kisan bus yatra” on Monday.
Amarinder will cover 500km in Moga, Faridkot, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Muktsar, Jalalabad and Ferozepur. He is expected to be joined by senior party leaders on different stretches along the route.
The state Congress president will travel in a specially designed bus, with the campaign message of “Karza-Kurki Khatam, Fasal Di Poori Rakam”.
The bus has a hydraulic platform from where Amarinder will address farmer meetings. A microphone and speaker system has been fitted inside to enable the bus to double up as a mobile public address platform for impromptu meetings.
The yatra will be launched at the Congress Bhawan where farmers’ widows have been invited to join the party’s efforts to alleviate the sufferings of farmers in the state.
In a statement, the Punjab Congress said the move was more than a symbolic gesture and underlined the party’s unwavering commitment to safeguard the interests of the farming community.
The bus yatra comes at a time when the state is reeling under a spate of farmer suicides, the statement read.
Amarinder had promised that once his party comes in power it would take immediate steps to alleviate the sufferings of the farmers.
(With PTI inputs)
First Published: Oct 17, 2016 10:27 IST