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To highlight farmers’ issues, Cong lawmakers reach Bihar House on bullock cart

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PATNA: Protesting Congressmen turned to bullock cart in Bihar to raise the issues gripping the farming community.

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Believe it or not, two Congress lawmakers Amit Kumar Tunna and Prem Chandra Mishra chose to reach the Bihar assembly riding a bullock cart on Monday while others boarded luxury and sport utility vehicles to attend the budget session of the House which began today.

The high point of the drama was when the security personnel stopped the Congress leaders from entering inside the main gate with the bullock cart citing security reasons. This left both sides engaged in heated debates.

“The farming class has been living in distress and we have come to register symbolic protests over their issue but are being prevented from doing do. If the costlier luxury vehicles ferrying leaders can be allowed to go inside the assembly premises, why can’t the bullock carts?” Tunna told the media.

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He said there was none to raise the issue of farmers as they are living in distress and selling their farming products at throwaway prices.

“We had come to wake up the government from deep slumber but were treated with disdain,” he said adding the government couldn’t escape from its responsibility towards farmers and would have to act.

The Congress leadership has suddenly turned to farmers and been aggressively raising their issues apparently emboldened by the spectacular performance of the party in the recent state polls to three Indian states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where the party wrested power from the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).

What apparently worked wonders for the party was the pre-poll promise of waiving off loans for farmers. The party is working on the same strategy in Bihar too.

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