Tanwar starts three-day hunger strike for farmers’ plight

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Parveen Arora
Tribune News Service
Karnal, June 19

After a show of strength by former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda through ‘kisan mahapanchayat’ in Kurukahetra last week, Congress state president Ashok Tanwar began his three-day ‘satyagraha’ in Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s constituency Karnal over agrarian crisis in the country and to demand implementation of the Swaminathan Commission Report.

Addressing the gathering, he said people had lost faith in the BJP government.

“This ‘satyagraha’ is a warning to both the governments to fulfil their promises, otherwise people will uproot them,” said Tanwar. 

Tanwar also asked his party to ensure Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was made the country’s prime minister in 2019.

“Today is Rahul Gandhi’s birthday and I started this hunger strike in CM city to expose the anti-people and anti-farmers policies of the Union and the state governments,” Tanwar said.
When asked why Congress leaders were holding separate protests for farmers, he said that the party stood united in fighting for farmers cause and denied reports of infighting within the state unit.

 “Whole Congress is fighting over the plights of the farmers,” he said, accusing the BJP governments at the Centre and the state of going back on its promise of implementing the Swaminathan commission report.  

No sitting MLA of the party participated in the dharna, although some former ministers and MLAs did. Reports suggested that former minister Capt. Ajay Yadav could join this protest on Tuesday.

News Courtesy : TOI,Tribune