Jalandhar, September 12
Farmers of the BKU (Rajewal) today gheraoed the BJP office in Jalandhar to protest an event held to honour former AISSF president Harminder Singh Kahlon, who joined the party earlier this year.
A group of farmers reached the BJP office and raised slogans against the party. As the protesters approached the office, they were stopped by the police using barricading.
Around 5 pm, the farmers tried to break through the barricading but were prevented by the police from doing so. While the farmers protested outside the office for an hour, they left after the meeting.
This is the first protest by farmers in the city against a BJP leader after the overnight dharna against party state chief Ashwani Sharma’s meeting at the Circuit House some days ago.
Kahlon was among the six Sikh personalities from Punjab who had joined the party at its Delhi headquarters in the presence of Sharma and Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. The BJP was looking to project fresh faces from the state in a bid to “break the perception that people of Punjab are upset with the BJP”. Kahlon has been appointed party spokesperson in the state.
Meanwhile, Kahlon was honoured by the BJP leadership at the event. Former Cabinet minister Manoranjan Kalia and former district chief Raman Pabbi were among those present. — TNS
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