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'Farmers Not Protesting Out of Happiness': Haryana Ally JJP's MLA Questions Govt Over Agri Laws

JJP MLA Devender Singh Babli (TWITTER)

JJP MLA Devender Singh Babli (TWITTER)

MLA from Tohana Assembly Devender Babli expressed resentment over political boycott of MLAs and stated that entire villages were boycotting them in solidarity with the ongoing farmers’ agitation against the agri bills.

Dissenting voices in Dushyant Chautala-led Jannayak Janta Party (JJP)- BJP’s alliance in Haryana, have become shriller after party’s MLA from Tohana Assembly Devender Singh Babli expressed resentment over political boycott of MLAs. He stated that villagers of their own constituencies were boycotting them in solidarity with the ongoing farmers’ agitation against the agri bills.

Babli, who has been upset for a long over his “neglect” in the government, on Monday expressed his displeasure while speaking in the Vidhan Sabha. He said the social and political boycott of MLAs has emerged as a major problem. Babli is considered one of the close aides to Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala.

“Nowadays when we go to villages, we get phone calls saying don’t come to our village. Be it social or religious events, or a wedding we have to attend. We said that since you don’t want to invite us, since you don’t want us to fulfill our social or political responsibilities, we will not come. It is an issue,” Bali told Indian Express.

Today, BJP is running the Haryana government with the support of JJP and the farmers are out on the roads of Haryana is a serious matter and an issue of concern, he added. “These legislations were made by the Union government. I would not hesitate, we are part of this government. But the circumstances that are currently prevailing in Haryana are not in the interest of the state. Because, the manner in which farmers are sitting on Delhi’s borders…it has been over 100 days our mothers, our elders, our daughters are sitting there. They are not sitting there out of happiness. I was also born in a farmer’s home. I am also hurt,” he further said.

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Urging the government to resolve the matter as soon as possible, Babli stated that the farmers’ issue is not in the interest of the country or state.

His remarks came even as farmers have planned to hold protests outside the residences of BJP-JJP and independent MLAs in Haryana, asking them to support the no-confidence motion moved by Congress or face a social and political boycott. BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chadhuni has also issued an appeal to mobilise people for such protests on March 9. The incumbent Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who also holds the finance portfolio will present the state’s budget on March 12.

While farmers continue to protest on the borders of the national capital, a large number of farmers led by women and holding union flags protested outside the office of Independent MLA Gopal Kanda in Sirsa, Monday.