Updated: February 7, 2021 11:52:07 pm
Speaking at the mahapanchayat, RLD vice-president Jayant Chaudhary said that the BJP governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh will have to decide whether the politics of the country will be governed by likes of (actor) Kangana Ranaut and tweets from activists from abroad or by the farmers’ issues.
“If Kanganas, others of her ilk and tweets from abroad are your (the government) choice over and above the issues being faced by the farmers then you will have to face political consequences not only in the 2022 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh but also during the next general elections,” said Chaudhary amid applause from the crowd.
“The BJP government has all the tools, such as social media and other means of communication, to create a caste and communal rift among us but do not get confused with their slanderous campaign to divide the country on these lines. You have shown this by your presence in a large number at our meetings,” said Chaudhary.
He had addressed a crowd at Shamli’s Bhainswal village two days ago, and more such programmes are lined up by RLD.
The RLD is trying to regain lost political ground after the 2012 Muzzafarnagar riots and for this purpose, the ongoing farmer’s stir for repeal of three farm bills has emerged as the jumping pad for the RLD which is evident in hectic tours by Chaudhary in villages of the west UP districts. He shared the dais with Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Naresh Tikait in Muzzafarnagar earlier in the week.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines