Rahul Gandhi Brings Congress’ Tractor Rally Into Haryana, Amid High Drama
Haryana authorities have allowed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s tractor rally to enter the state, after hours of high drama at the state’s border with Punjab.
The Gandhi family scion has organised a tractor rally to protest against the farm laws that were passed by the Parliament recently.
After winding up his last rally at Sanaur in Patiala, Punjab, Gandhi on Tuesday drove a tractor to reach the Haryana border on the concluding day of his “Kheti Bachao Yatra”. He was accompanied on the tractor by Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar and senior party leader Harish Rawat. A number of Congress workers accompanied him from Patiala, but the procession was stopped on the highway near Teokar village, Pehowa, for an hour.
Before Gandhi arrived at the Punjab-Haryana border, senior Haryana police officials at the spot told reporters that they would not allow more than 100 people to gather at one place, according to guidelines in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Gandhi and a few Congress leaders were later allowed to enter Haryana where the former Congress president has a couple of programmes scheduled.
On Monday, the BJP-led Haryana government said Gandhi can bring a few people into the state, but it will not permit a big crowd from Punjab which can “disturb” the atmosphere. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said Gandhi has the right to put forth his views but “if he comes with a big procession from Punjab, we won't allow it”.
Haryana's Home Minister Anil Vij had said that if Gandhi comes with “a big crowd from Punjab to disturb Haryana's atmosphere, then we will not permit it. We are not going to allow that.”