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Farmers’ protest: MLA recently appointed chairman of livestock board by Haryana govt resigns

An independent MLA from Dadri constituency, Sangwan had extended support to the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP-JJP government and was appointed as chairman of the board one and half months ago.

Written by Sukhbir Siwach | Chandigarh | Updated: December 1, 2020 9:00:30 am
Farmers protest at Kundli border with Delhi in Haryana’s Sonepat district on Sunday. (PTI)

Haryana livestock Development Board chairman Sombir Sangwan resigned on Tuesday from his post, extending full support to the farmers protesting against the Centre’s farm laws. An independent MLA from Dadri constituency, Sangwan had extended support to the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP-JJP government and was appointed as chairman of the board one and half months ago.

“I will go to Delhi border from Dadri on a tractor to join farmers agitation on Delhi border Tuesday morning,” Sangwan told The Indian Express after attending a meeting of Sangwan Khap held in a village of his constituency. “The agitation will get momentum in next 2-4 days in Haryana,” he claimed. Sangwan is president of Sangwan khap, a social body of Sangwan gotra people. The area has 60 villages dominated by the Sangwan gotra people and more than 1,000 people attended Monday’s panchayat. “My support to the government continues but I have resigned from the post of chairman which is an office of profit,” said the legislator.

According to Sangwan, presidents of 30 khaps had gathered in Rohtak on Sunday who had decided to extend every type of support to the protesters. “Some have already started moving to Delhi borders and while others will go in coming days,” he said.

“I am totally against the three farm laws. The society and khaps are against these (laws)…the government says its (laws) a deal of profit while the farmers don’t see any benefit from them. The farmers don’t trust these laws). How can trust be restored? The situation is like, you offer ghee to somebody but who receives it doesn’t believe it’s ghee,” commented Sangwan, 54.

JJP leader mobilises women for farmer stir

A JJP leader from Kurukshetra, Santosh Dahiya, has started mobilising women to support the ongoing farmers agitation by holding a meeting of women from the district at the town on Sunday. Dahiya was a candidate of Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala’s party JJP from Ladwa constituency in the 2019 Assembly election but lost the poll battle. “Women will go to Delhi borders with ration for the agitators soon,” said Dahiya, who is also president of Akhil Bhartiya Mahila Shakti Manch. Last month, a JJP MLA Jogi Ram Sihag had refused to accept the post of Haryana Housing Board’s chairperson while standing firm in support of the agitating farmers against the three farm laws. “I believe these laws are not good for farmers, labourers and arhtiyas (commission agents) at mandis. With these laws the mandis will stand ended and the farmers will stand defeated. The common man won’t get the food grains when they will need the same. Till a guarantee of the assured minimum support price (MSP) is ensured for the farmers and arrangements are made for delivery of food grains for at fair prices consumers in these laws, I won’t accept any office of profit in the government,” Sihag had stated.

Sihag and another JJP MLA Ram Karan Kala had gone to support the agitating farmers on September 20 when they were blocking roads to oppose the controversial farm laws.

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