Protesters wave black flags at Cong MLA

Protesters wave black flags at Cong MLA

Rajpura MLA Hardyal Kambhoj with Congress workers at Budhanpur village near Banur on Sunday. Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 13

Farmers, under the aegis of the Kissan Mazdoor Ekta Union, today showed black flags and blocked the way of Rajpura MLA Hardyal Kambhoj in protest against the government’s failure to tackle issues pertaining to farmers and debt waiver. Kambhoj was visiting Budhanpur village near Banur.

The protesters, including youths and women, waved black flags at him while he had come to meet party workers as also to welcome some AAP workers into the Congress.

Protesters wave black flags outside the residence. Rajesh Sachar

A majority of residents of the village had announced that they wouldn’t allow any politician to visit their residences in the wake of their protest against the farm laws. “We have already announced that no politician will be allowed in the village till the farmers’ protest is on and these politicians speak unanimously in support of farm laws,” said the protesters.

When Kambhoj, along with his cavalcade, came to the residence of a Congress activist in the village where some AAP workers were to join the Congress today, several farmers gathered and protested by showing black flags outside the residence. Meanwhile, sensing the gravity of the situation, a police party reached there and escorted the MLA.

Later, speaking to The Tribune, Kambhoj said a few people were protesting against him due to factionalism in the village and the protesting villagers were AAP workers. “I have already given Rs80 lakh to the village for various development works,” he said.