Jat protesters’ plan to disrupt CM’s visit foiled
Stopped by cops 10 km from programme venue
Due to prompt action by the district police, supporters of the Akhil Bhartiya Jat Aarkshan Sangharsh Samiti (ABJASS) chief Yashpal Malik could not execute their plan of showing black flags to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar during his visit to Salhavaas village here.
A group of office-bearers and members of the ABJASS, led by its district president Jitender Babla, had left for Salhavass village from Jhajjar on Sunday morning, but the police waylaid them and did not let them move ahead from Matanhel village, which is nearly 10 km from Salhavaas village.
As a result, the supporters of the ABJASS organised a protest demonstration there and came back to Jhajjar. Some of the protesters were wearing black clothes. Adequate number of police personnel were deputed on the roads leading to Salhavaas so that no protester could reach even near the CM’s programme venue. Most of the protesters were those arrested by the police on Saturday morning when they were about to leave for Umra village (Hisar) to protest against Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu. They were released late on Saturday night.
“The police illegally kept us in custody for around 15 hours yesterday, whereas organising a peaceful protest is the constitutional right of every citizen in democracy. The police action was an attack on our democratic right,” said Babla, adding that they would continue their protest until the state government fulfils their long-pending demands, including withdrawal of cases against Jats in connection with the February 2016 violence and arson.
Notably, the ABJASS has announced opposing the entry of Khattar and Capt Abhimanyu in nine districts, including Jhajjar, for not accepting their demands.
Jhajjar SP Pankaj Nain said the protesters were waylaid near Matanhel village here as they could have posed a threat to law and order in the district.
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BJP has forgotten poll promises: Deepender
Rohtak MP and Congress leader Deepender Hooda on Sunday lashed out at the state government. He claimed that the BJP government had made a promise to bring pay-parity with Punjab in their election manifesto but like the other 154 promises made by the BJP, this one too has been forgotten by the ruling party.
Addressing party workers in Ladwa (Kurukshetra), Deepender alleged, “The BJP was elected on the basis of promises made to the people. After they took office, they have forgotten about their promises and are completely focused on destroying the social fabric of the state for political gains. The people of Haryana understand the games the BJP is playing and every segment is disappointed with the BJP. The INLD is supposedly the main Opposition party in the state but they are behaving as associates of the ruling party. That has pushed them out of the political equation.”
He invited the workers to participate in the sixth phase of the Jan Kranti Yatra of former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, which is to start from Kurukshetra on September 9.
Deepender said, “Based on the feedback we have got from all rounds of Jan Kranti Yatra, I can say for sure that the Congress is on a comeback and we will form the next government in the state. The people of the state have been hit hard by the misgovernance of the BJP.”
Deepender claimed that former Chief Minister has started the yatra to pull people out of their despair so that Haryana regains its position as the number one state in the country.
“Our unity and social harmony are our biggest strengths and I appeal to all sections to defeat divisive forces by staying united and maintain social harmony. Wait for the Congress to return in government. All sections of their society will be given justice and our women will be able to go to work even at midnight,” he said.
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BJP rebel Saini launches Loktantra Suraksha Party
Promises jobs to member of every family, Rs 5,000 old-age pension
Kurukshetra MP and BJP rebel Raj Kumar Saini on Sunday launched his Loktantra Suraksha Party at a rally here.
Saini announced to give employment to a member of every family, Rs 5,000 pension to elderly persons and to bring SYL canal waters for south Haryana within a year if voted to power.
Along with hundreds of supporters from across the state, Bollywood actor Rajpal Yadav also attended the rally.
While addressing his supporters, Saini said that he was fighting for the rights of the Backward Class people for the last four years under the banner of the Loktantra Suraksha Manch in the state.
“Now, the manch has been registered as a political party and we will now fight politically for their rights,” he said.
“We have vowed to remove caste-based discrimination and will ensure 100 per cent reservation to all castes as per their share in population,” he said.
To provide employment in the rural areas, the working days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act would be increased to 300 days in a year, he said.
Saini said they would adopt two-child policy as it would be imperative to control its population for development of any country.
He said the Congress had formed the government 12 times in 52 years in the state by using votes of the Backward Class, but neglected them totally. “Due to their apathy, only 12 per cent Backward Class people are in jobs, while a community with less than 10 per cent population has been enjoying 55 per cent share in the government jobs,” he claimed.
Flaying the INLD, he said family members of former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala were giving statements on corruption. He said, “50 per cent members of Chautala’s family are in jail on corruption charges and remaining members are in a queue to go behind bars in disproportionate assets case.”
Accusing former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda indirectly of violence during the Jat agitation for reservation in 2016, Saini said that it was proved that who was behind the violence. He said that the state was burnt only to avenge losing of power.
Attacking the ruling BJP, Saini said no MLA or MP had raised his or her voice against the burning of houses, shops and business establishments, rapes and deaths due to road blockades and now the BJP was assuring them the benefits of reservation.
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CM’s roadshow in Y’nagar
Gives boost to BJP cadre; route decorated like ‘dulhan’
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar held a roadshow in Yamunanagar city covering a major area of this Assembly constituency.
The roadshow has given a boost to the BJP cadre in this Assembly segment being represented by party MLA Ghanshyam Das Arora.
The huge turnout witnessed in the roadshow has also created rumbling among opposition parties, which are time and again decrying the state government allegedly for not fulfilling poll promises.
The Chief Minister has come here on a two-day visit. Before starting his roadshow from Radaur Road (near railway station), he offered prayers at a temple.
It passed through Agrasain Chowk, Bhagat Singh Chowk (Fountain Chowk), near Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Azad Nagar, Shastri Colony, near Maharana Pratap Park, Pyara Chowk, Nehru Park, Yamuna Club and Parshuram chowk.
The CM was welcomed by residents, RSS and BJP workers at several places. They raised slogans in favour of the party and the Chief Minister.
The CM was accompanied by Assembly Speaker Kanwar Pal Gurjar, Ambala MP Ratan Lal Kataria, Yamunanagar MLA Ghanshyam Das Arora, Radaur MLA Shyam Singh Rana and Sadhaura MLA Balwant Singh.
While addressing the gathering in Shashtri Colony, Manohar Lal said he had long association with Yamunanagar.
“I spent long time of my life here. I walked on foot, on bicycle and on motorcycle in the streets of Shastri Colony for long,” said Manohar Lal.
He said the people had stamped on development works done by his government in the past four years and this was visible from the gathering. Whenever, all four MLAs of Yamunanagar district came to me for funds for carrying out development works in their segments, I never denied them. In future too, their all demands related to development works of their area will be fulfilled without any delay,” said Manohar Lal.
The route of the roadshow was decorated like a ‘dulhan’.
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Fungal diseases attack paddy crop in Karnal
Several diseases, including sheath blight, leaf folder, brown plant hopper, foot rot, sheath rot have attacked paddy crop in various parts of the district.
The diseases have mostly attacked1509 and PR-14 varieties of paddy.
“I have cultivated 1509 variety of paddy on 5 acres. The crop has been affected by sheath blight and leaf folder diseases,” said Malak Singh, a resident of Pabana Hasanpur village. Dharamvir Satija, another farmer from Chundipur village, said that sheath blight, leaf folder and brown plant hopper had attacked 1509, PR-14 and other varieties in most of his fields, It would reduce the production up to 40 per cent, he said.
“I have to spray pesticides twice or thrice to overcome the problem of these diseases,” said Jitender Kumar, a farmer from Nigdhu.
“High temperature and high humidity are conductive for the diseases. Water stagnation due to unprecedented rain has also resulted in these diseases,” said Dr Shashipal, assistant plant protection officer, Agriculture Department.
He said that these fungal diseases could cause loss if not treated. He urged the farmers not to let the water stagnate in their fields.