Ambala, July 07: Haryana Janhit Congress chief Kuldeep Bishnoi today alleged that while ignoring the plight of farmers in Haryana and campaigning only in Uttar Pradesh Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi was adopting “double standards” on the farmers” issue.
“Rahul had twice visited Bhatta-Parsaul in support of the farmers protesting against the land acquisition there, but he did not spare even five minutes for the farmers of Haryana,” Bishnoi said while addressing farmers of Panjokhra village who are sitting on a fast in front of civil secretariat at Ambala city for last 48 days, to protest against the acquisition of their 1852 acres of land for setting up IMT.
“In Haryana farmers have been sitting on continuous dharna at Hisar, Ambala, Faridabad and Gurgaon,” he alleged.
He alleged that Rahul was adopting double standards on this matter.
He said that if Rahul considered himself to be a well wisher of farmers he should ask his party”s government at Centre to amend the land acquisition policy and should also direct all the states, including Congress ruled, to implement it strictly.
He said that Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh were due next year and Congress, which had lost its base there, wanted to grab political benefit through such political drama.
Replying to a question, he ruled out the possibility of a common opposition candidate against Congress in forthcoming Hisar Lok Sabha by-election.
The seat fell vacant following the death of Bishnoi”s father and former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal in the recent past.