Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was briefly stopped near the Haryana border on Tuesday while he was leading a farmers’ rally to protest against the farm laws.
Gandhi tweeted quoting that “They have stopped us on a bridge on the Haryana border. I am not moving and am happy to wait here. 1 hour, 5 hours, 24 hours, 100 hours, 1000 hours, or 5000 hours.”
The former Congress chief, along with few party leaders, was later allowed by the authorities to enter the BJP-ruled state. Gandhi has a couple of programmes scheduled in Haryana as part of his rally against the legislations. After winding up his last rally at Sanuar in Patiala, Rahul Gandhi drove on the concluding day of his “Kheti Bachao Yatra”.
He was accompanied on the tractor by Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar and senior party leader Harish Rawat.
A number of Congress workers were accompanying Gandhi from Punjab’s Patiala district, but the procession was stopped on the highway near Teokar village on Pehowa border for an hour. Before Rahul Gandhi arrived at the Punjab-Haryana border, senior Haryana police officials at the spot told reporters that they would not allow more than 100 people to gather at one place as per the guidelines in place due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
On the Haryana side, state Congress chief Kumari Selja, senior Leaders Bhupindra Singh Hooda, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Kiran Choudhary, Ajay Singh Yadav, and party’s Haryana affairs in charge Vivek Bansal were present. Ahead of Gandhi’s tractor rally in Haryana, the BJP-led government on Monday had said the Congress leader can bring a few people in the state but it will not permit a big crowd from Punjab which can “disturb” the atmosphere.