The Haryana government on Tuesday allowed Rahul Gandhi and a few other Congress leaders for his rally against the contentious farm laws. However, Rahul Gandhi was allowed to enter the BJP-ruled state after a high drama at the Haryana-Punjab border.
Scores of Congress workers were accompanying Rahul Gandhi from Punjab’s Patiala district. However, the procession was stopped on the highway near Teokar village on Pehowa border for an hour.
After completing his rally in Patiala’s Sanaur, Rahul Gandhi drove a tractor to reach Haryana border on the concluding day of the Kheti Bachao Yatra. Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Sunil Jakhar and Harish Rawat on the tractor.
As Rahul Gandhi entered Haryana, he was greeted by Haryana Congress chief Kumari Selja, senior leaders Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Kiran Choudhary, Ajay Singh Yadav and party’s Haryana affairs in-charge Vivek Bansal.
Haryana police officials deployed at border
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 as per the guidelines in place due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Gandhi and a few Congress leaders were later allowed to enter Haryana where the former Congress chief has a couple of programmes scheduled.
Haryana had denied permission for a big crowd from Punjab
Ahead of Gandhi’s tractor rally in Haryana, the BJP-led government on Monday had said the Congress leader can bring a few people in 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 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”.
Rahul Gandhi questions purchase of luxury planes by PM Modi
Meanwhile, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a dig at the BJP that has criticised him for using a cushion (gaddi) to sit on a tractor during his Punjab ‘Kheti Bachao Yatra’.
Rahul Gandhi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently bought luxury planes for Rs 8,000 crore that has not just a cushion, but a whole range of luxurious items at his disposal.
Rahul Gandhi said that the Prime Minister’s new Air India One plane, “bought for more than Rs 8,000 crore of the taxpayers’ money, had not just a cushion but a whole lot of luxury beds for his comfort”.
“Why don’t you question them about this,” he asked the media in response to a question about him sitting on a ‘gaddi’ on a tractor during his Punjab ‘Kheti Bachao Yatra’.
He was addressing the media with Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh before entering Haryana for the protest against farm laws.
Rahul Gandhi criticised PM Modi for wasting thousands of crore on the VVIP plane just because his friend Donald Trump has one.
The Gandhi scion said it was strange that nobody was questioning the purchase of the planes.
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