Congress Leaders March for the Rights of Farmers in Bihar

Congress' bullock cart rally in Patna on Saturday.

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Patna: Congress workers in Patna on Saturday clashed with the police near Hartali Chowk during their 'bullock-cart rally' in protest against the Central government's 'anti-farmers' policies including grabbing of agricultural lands and not paying adequate compensation to them based on the current market rate.

The rally began from Sadaqat Ashram on Patna-Digha Road as dozens of Congress activists on two bullock carts proceeded towards the Governor's mansion chanting anti-Modi and anti-Nitish slogans to hand over a memo of their grievances to Governor Satya Pal Malik.

Prominent Congress leaders to participate in the rally included state President Kaukab Qadri, former state President Anil Kumar Sharma, Member of Parliament Akhilesh Prasad Singh, and many others.

Congress leaders marching to Raj Bhawan in Patna on Saturday.

However, police stopped the procession from moving forward at the Hartali Chowk on Bailey Road. As expected, soon a clash ensued between the protestors and the police who had to resort to mild force to disperse the crowd.

The melee caused a massive traffic gridlock that lasted for nearly an hour before it was cleared for vehicle movement.

Later, a delegation of 19 Congress leaders met with the Governor and handed him over a memo of their demands that includes proper compensation to farmers in Aurangabad, Gaya, Sasaram, and Rohtas where Gail India Limited had taken over their properties without giving them proper compensation based on the existing market rate.


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