Farmers protesting against three controversial agriculture laws staged a sit-in in Haryana’s Gohana town on Wednesday for several hours in the hope of attending a function with state Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar as the chief guest.
Farmers gathered around the sports stadium in Gohana assuming that this was the place where the chief minister’s helicopter would land and they protested there. He did not leave the site even after the officials informed him that the trip had been cancelled. He sat on a dharna till the conclusion of the celebrations organized by Lord Valmiki Trikaldarshi Society ahead of Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti to be held on October 20.
Later in the day, the government claimed that the chief minister had no scheduled visit to Gohana on Wednesday.
In the posters of Wednesday’s program, Bhagwan Valmiki Trikaldarshi Society had written the name of the Chief Minister as the chief guest in its function.
The farmers have announced as part of their ongoing agitation against three controversial agricultural laws that they will oppose the chief minister if he visits the city of Gohane. Farmers who arrived in the town in their tractor trolleys on Wednesday removed police barricades placed strategically to prevent their movement.
Heavy police force was also deployed in the area to maintain law and order. Sources said that the administrative officials tried to persuade the farmers not to protest. But the farmers insisted on holding a dharna on the spot. Later, Chief Minister’s Political Advisor Krishna Bedi addressed the program organized by Bhagwan Valmiki Trikaldarshi Society.
Earlier too, Khattar was forced to cancel his trip to Kaithal on Saturday to attend an event of the Agrawal community following protests by farmers.
The protesting farmers then told the district administration officials that they would not allow the Chief Minister’s helicopter to land for the proposed event. “The protesting farmers have said they don’t mind if a BJP The leaders of the society involved in the program. Assembly Speaker Gyanchand Gupta will attend the program on my behalf.