After his Kheti Bachao Yatra was stopped at the Hayana border, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, “I am not moving and am happy to wait here. 1 hour, 5 hours, 24 hours, 100 hours, 1000 hours or 5000 hours”.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi drives a tractor during party’s ‘Kheti Bachao’ rally against the farm laws. (Photo: PTI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Kheti Bachao Yatra was stopped at the Hayana border preventing him from entering the state from Punjab for a brief period. He was allowed to enter the state with his tractor rally that he took out from Punjab earlier in the day.
Rahul Gandhi has taken out the Kheti Bachao Yatra on a tractor to protest the three farm bills recently passed by Parliament. Rahul Gandhi began his tractor rally from Nurpur in Patiala district of the Cognress-ruled Punjab and was headed to the BJP-ruled Haryana.
After his tractor was stopped at Haryana border, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “I am not moving and am happy to wait here. 1 hour, 5 hours, 24 hours, 100 hours, 1000 hours or 5000 hours.”
Rahul Gandhi said he would wait for the Haryana government to remove barricades and allow him enter the state. The BJP government of Haryana has spoken in different voices over allowing Rahul Gandhi’s tractor rally entering Haryana.
Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said Rahul Gandhi would not be allowed to enter the state with his tractor. However, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the state government does not have any problem with Rahul Gandhi’s tractor rally in Haryana. He said the Congress leader’s rally should not create a law and order problem in the state.
Rahul Gandhi has been campaigning against the three farm bills, whose enactment has evoked protests in Punjab, Haryana and some other states. The protesting farmers’ organisations have dubbed these bills as anti-farmer as it dilutes the MSP-APMC system of selling crop produces. The government, on the other hand, has hailed the three bills as landmark reforms in the agriculture sector.