Is there ‘jungle raj’ prevailing in Haryana, asks Punjab CM

Amarinder fumes at Haryana govt.’s plan to not allow Rahul rally to enter State

A day after Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s tractor rally won’t be allowed to enter the State, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday hit back, asking if a “jungle raj” is prevailing there.

Reacting sharply to the Mr. Vij’s remarks, Captain Amarinder said it is a futile move to stifle the voice of an angry nation.

He warned that such dictatorial steps would only strengthen the resolve of the Congress to fight for the rights of farmers.

“Is there a jungle raj in Haryana that you can stop anyone, least of all a duly elected leader of a national political party, from entering the State or from raising his voice against the injustice being meted out to farmers,” the Chief Minister asked the Haryana government in a statement.

Coming on the heels of the assault and cases registered by the UP Police against Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and seen in the context of the earlier lathicharge by the Haryana Police against agitating farmers, it is clear that BJP governments were bent on suppressing the voice of the Opposition in total violation of the democratic rights enshrined in the Constitution, he said.

Capt. Amarinder said the Congress will not be cowed down by such autocratic and undemocratic actions of the BJP-led governments, either at the Centre or in the States .

“If they think they can break the will of the Congress leadership or quell all opposition with such high-handedness, they are living in a fool’s paradise,” he said.

“History stands testimony to the fact that the voice of the people only gets stronger if it is sought to be crushed by force,” Capt. Amarinder warned.

Mr. Vij had on Thursday had said Rahul Gandhi’s proposed tractor rally won’t be allowed to enter Haryana.

“They will not be allowed to disturb Haryana’s atmosphere. Earlier, two Congress-sponsored rallies were stopped from entering the State. Likewise, we will stop his rally and won’t allow him enter Haryana,” he had told reporters.

Tractor rallies

Rahul Gandhi will hold tractor rallies in Punjab and Haryana from October 4-6 to protest against the contentious farm laws.

“Rahul will start his Kisan Mazdoor Yatra on October 4 from Punjab’s Moga. On October 6, this yatra will enter Haryana from the Pehowa border,” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in Kaithal on Friday.

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