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Haryana CM Khattar Cancels Farmers Meet After Venue Ransacked By Protesters

The Haryana chief minister was supposed to attend the gathering of farmers at the village and speak on the benefits of the Centre’s three farm laws passed in September.

After a group of farmers protesting against the Centre’s agri-sector laws ransacked the venue, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had to cancel his visit near Karnal and his meeting with a gathering of farmers. Though the Haryana police used force and tried to stop protesting farmers from entering the Kemla village using tear gas shells and water cannons, the farmers still somehow managed to enter the village and reach the venue of the meeting.

Cellphone footage showed many of them on the dais, shouting, throwing down chairs and tearing up posters, NDTV reported.

The Haryana chief minister was supposed to attend the gathering of farmers at the village and speak on the benefits of the Centre’s three farm laws passed in September. Arrangements were made for heavy security and number of police personnel were deployed at the village ahead of the meeting anticipating the trouble, however, the protesting farmers still managed to get through the security and vandalised the venue.

Haryana, being the BJP-ruled state, had made headlines in November when it decided to stop the farmers on way to Delhi from across the state as well as those in Punjab.

However, a huge number of farmers from Haryana still managed to reach Delhi borders where thousands of farmers have been protesting the contentious farm laws for over a month now.

In the wake of these developments, the Central government had decided to conduct a huge outreach programme to dispel “misconceptions” about the laws. Mr Khattar was supposed to address one such programme.

The Chief Minister’s outreach programme, over the last week, has ran into trouble in this area as farmers hardened their stance in Delhi. un into trouble in this area as farmers hardened their stance in Delhi.

Congress’s Randeep Surjewala, after today’s events, tweeted: “Respected Manohar Lal ji, please stop this pretence of Kisan Mahapanchayat in Kaimla village. By playing with the sentiments of those who provide us with food, please stop meddling with the law and order situation”.

“If you want to have a conversation, have it with those who have been protesting for the last 46 days,” he added.

 

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