Farmers break barricades, stage protest outside Manoranjan Kalia’s meeting venue

Demand repeal of agri laws

Farmers break barricades, stage protest outside Manoranjan Kalia’s meeting venue

Manoranjan Kalia. File photo

Sukhmeet Bhasin

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, January 23

Farmers under the banner of BKU Ekta-Ugrahan broke the barricading and reached near the venue in the city, where BJP former minister Manoranjan Kalia was holding a meeting with the party leaders on Saturday.

The protesters headed by union leader Mothu Singh Kotra starting staging protest and raising slogans against Kalia demanding repeal of the farm laws. Women in large

numbers were also present during the protest.

While talking to mediapersons, Kotra said, “As we have already announced to protest against BJP leaders across the state till

the farm laws are not repealed, so today morning we got information that BJP leader Manoranjan Kalia is holding a meeting with party workers at a hotel in the city, so we have come here to stage a protest here.”

Lashing at the Centre, Kotra said, “Modi government has brought these farm laws for the big corporate houses on the name of agriculture reforms, whereas these laws would hit the agriculture and farmers hard.”

In the morning, Bathinda police had made elaborate security arrangements for the BJP leader’s meeting at a hotel in the city as all the roads leading to the hotel were cordoned off with barricading to keep the protesters at bay.

SP City Jaspal Singh, DSP City Aswant Singh, Tehsildar Sukhbir Singh Brar along with huge police force was present at the spot. 

BJP state media co-incharge Sunil Singla said, “Manoranjan Kalia, who has been appointed party incharge for Bathinda MC election, today held meeting with the party district core committee at Bathinda. In the meeting, he held discussion for on the candidates for all 50 wards in the city.” 

On December 26, when BJP state president Ashwani Sharma had visited the same hotel in the city and held meeting with the party workers, the venue was turned into fortress with

huge police deployment and farmers had staged protest at that time as well.

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