Congress president Rahul Gandhi will tour the northern belt of Haryana in the run-up to the Lok Sabha on Friday and join the Congress’ Parivartan Yatra. He will hold a public meeting at Jagadhri in the Yamunanagar district. He will also hold a roadshow in Radaur in Yamunanagar, a public meeting in Ladwa in Kurukshetra district, a roadshow in Indri and a public meeting and a road show in Karnal, which is the constituency of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
The Congress kicked off its six-day 'parivartan yatra' in Haryana on Tuesday, with senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and Hooda asking the people to vote out the Modi and Khattar governments. The bus yatra covered Narnaul, Mahendergarh, Charkhi Dadri, Bhiwani and Hisar districts on the second day on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, which was the second day of the ‘yatra’, state Congress leaders attacked the Bharatiya Janata Parrty (BJP) with former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda claiming that he BJP government had distressed all sections of society and people of the state were awaiting the polls to teach them a lesson.
Talking about the development work undertaken by the then Congress government in the southern belt of Haryana, Hooda said the area was added in the national capital region, a Central University was set up in Mahendragarh, Chaudhary Bansi Lal University and a medical college was set up in Bhiwani.
"The BJP government may have declared Dadri to be a district but the entire infrastructure was developed by the Congress. We created the mini-secretariat, 100-bed hospital, Kisan Model School, two overbridges, Polytechnic, Industrial Training Institute, water treatment plant, new 'anaj' Mandi and 'sabji' Mandi," he said.
The former chief minister accused the BJP government of acquiring farmers' lands at cheaper rates.
Congress general secretary in-charge of Haryana Ghulam Nabi Azad, speaking during the 'yatra' in Charkhi Dadri, praised the farming community and said hardworking peasants have not only made India self-sufficient, but also a food exporter.
Azad said the 'parivartan yatra' would change the political landscape of the state and the party will teach a befitting lesson to the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections "which is seeking to divide our people along communal and caste lines".
(With PTI inputs)