Expressing her anguish over the “silence” of the Jannayak Janta Party leadership on the lathicharge on farmers in Karnal, a senior woman leader Santosh Dahiya of Ladwa, who is also the president of Sarv Khap Mahila Panchayat, Haryana resigned from all her party posts.
Santosh was JJP’s candidate from Ladwa constituency in Kurukshetra district during the 2019 Haryana assembly elections, in which, she had bagged 2,918 votes (2.12% vote share) and stood in the fifth position.
“I’m hurt with the police action on farmers. Being a part of the coalition government, the JJP had a responsibility to speak up against it. I have decided to quit the party,” said Dahiya.
“Deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala had assured that he will take up the issue of farmers’ protest with the Prime Minister but Saturday’s incident has shaken me as police thrashed farmers,” she added. She said she has not talked to any senior party leader yet.
“I just want to ask people in government don’t farmers have a right to raise their voice? This is murder of the democracy,” she added.
Earlier, she was associated with the Indian National Lok Dal but after rift in the Chautala family, she joined the JJP and was given party ticket from Ladwa assembly seat.
On her decision, JJP spokesperson Deepkamal Saharan said Dahiya was not active for past one-and-a-half year and she did not have any official post in the party.