Cong workers gheraoed Raj Bhavan at Nagpur in protest against farm laws

Cong workers gheraoed Raj Bhavan at Nagpur

Nagpur: Congress workers across the state under the leadership of state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat on Saturday gheraoed the “Governor House” at Nagpur in protest against the agriculture laws.

Vehicular traffic remained affected as the city traffic police closed several roads crossing the Sadar, Civil Lines and other localities in west Nagpur since early morning. A huge police personnel were also deployed to maintain law and order situation at the site.

Speaking on the occasion, the Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat accused the Prime Minister Narendra Modi of becoming a “slave” of the capitalists and driving the farmers of the country and the common man in the same direction with the enactment of the three contentious agriculture laws.

He demanded that the Modi government should withdraw the farm laws immediately in view of the farmers’ agitation all over the country, particularly in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.

Thousands of Congress workers and farmers here took out a tractor rally to protest against the Centre’s farm laws and hike in fuel prices. They held demonstrations outside the Raj Bhavan, the official residence of Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who is in Nagpur for the last couple of days. The protest was earlier supposed to be held in Mumbai, but the venue was changed to coincide with Koshyari’s visit to Nagpur from January 12 to 17.

The state Congress chief also claimed that Congress is the only party in the country which had worked for betterment of farmers. Citing examples, he said MVA government had waived-off farmers’ loan when it came to power in the state in 2019. He said that the party is awaiting a signal from the Congress high command for intensifying the protest against the new farm laws across the state.

The Maharashtra minister for Energy and Guardian minister for Nagpur district, Nitin Raut, the Maharashtra minister for Women and Child Welfare, Yashomati Thakur, senior ministers, Vijay Wadettiwar, Sunil Kedar and former union minister and senior Congress leader, Vilas Muttemwar also spoke on the occasion.

However, neither the Congress leaders submitted a memorandum in support of their demands nor they met the Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan during the agitation.

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