Former MLA Gurusharan Chhabra’s daughter-in-law Pooja Chhabra, 35, who was on hunger strike demanding liquor ban and strengthening of the state Lokayukta, called off her strike Monday night after an assurance from Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and a written agreement signed by a cabinet minister.
Pooja was continuing the hunger strike after the death of her father-in-law, who had passed away demanding the same. On November 3, Chhabra, an MLA with Janata Party from 1977-80, had died 33 days into his hunger strike at a government hospital in Jaipur.
Pooja’s hunger strike ended after an assurance by Raje to the family late on Monday. “The discussions continued the whole day. The CM gave an assurance that the demands will be implemented in three months,” said Pooja’s husband Gaurav Chhabra, who spoke to the CM.
“(Social Justice and Empowerment Minister) Arun Chaturvedi and Finance Secretary Praveen Gupta then gave a commitment for the same in writing,” said Pooja, who was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday. “We are hopeful that the agreement between Gurusharanji and the state government will be implemented in its entirety. However, if they still do not implement the demands, we will be forced to launch a protest again,” she said.
Pooja started her hunger strike on November 23 outside the Chief Minister’s residence, and was soon picked up by the police. She again sat on hunger strike at Shaheed Smarak, from where she was shifted by the police to SMS Hospital on November 27.