Tribune News Service
Palwal, July 20
India’s National Lok Dal supremo and former CM Om Prakash Chautala addressed farmers after his release from prison earlier this month at a dharna held by farmers here today.
A large number of supporters had arrived at the protest site to listen to the 86-year-old INLD leader, who took the opportunity to shoot at the government and announce his arrival on the political scene.
Dressed in his signature dhoti-kurta and green turban and looking a little frail, the veteran leader spoke for about half an hour, supporting the peasants’ movement against agricultural laws and targeting the alleged failure of the government.
Chautala, who was serving more than nine years in prison in connection with the JBT scam, challenged the BJP government’s policies and programs and pledged to “expose the failure of the ruling government to justify its exit in the next election.” to ensure”.
Amid chants of “Chautala zindabad” and “kisan ekta zindabad” and thunderous applause from protesters, he took issue with the “anti-peasant” government over its inability to resolve the issue over the past eight months. He said the agricultural laws were “black laws” aimed at destroying farmers and the agricultural sector, as the government reportedly wanted to transfer the agricultural sector to corporations.
He claimed farmers’ interests had been ignored for the past seven years and said the three laws would disappear once the government was replaced. He appealed to the people to reject the BJP and said he would tour villages to expose the government.
While Chautala’s youngest son, Abhay Chautala, had resigned from the Haryana state assembly in protest against agricultural laws, his grandson and Deputy Prime Minister Dushyant Chautala’s JJP is part of the coalition government, which supports the laws.
Rattan Singh Sorot, leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, meanwhile, said Chautala’s arrival and support had energized the commotion.