To express solidarity with farmers on the farm laws, Congress workers organised a ‘padyatra’, which started from Satipura village, passed through Chak Jwalasinghwala village and concluded at the Bhagat Singh chowk in Hanumangarh, 60 km from Abohar.
The ‘padyatra’ was flagged off from Satipura jointly by PPCC secretary and district in charge Zia-ur-Rahman Arif, Hanumangarh MLA Vinod Kumar and Nohar MLA Amit Chachan. Vinod Kumar said the “walk for farmers” was planned to support the stir that the ‘annadatas’ had to launch to oppose the “black laws”. “We will cooperate with the families of farmers, from the twin districts of Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar, who have been camping at the Delhi border,” he said.
Congress former president Rahul Gandhi had already addressed the mahapanchayat at Peelibanga and Padampur in the area.
Congress activists from across the district, who participated in the ‘padayatra’, shouted slogans, including “kisan ekta zindabad” and garlanded the statue of Bhagat Singh near the railway station. A two-minute silence was also observed for the farmers, who lost their lives during the peasant movement.
The participants included District Congress Committee chief Kavita Meghwal, former MP Bharat Ram Meghwal, former DCC president Surinder Dadri, Municipal Council chairman Ganesh Raj Bansal, deputy chairman Anil Khichad, Rawatsar Municipal Council chief Shyam Sunder Meghwal, Panchayat Samiti former chairman Daya Ram Jakhar and senior farmer leader Balraj Singh Satipura.