Major khap (clan) panchayats in Haryana have decided to socially boycott the leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) as part of the protest against farm laws.
They have also decided to send at least one person from each family to farmer protests on Delhi’s borders, Hindustan Times reported.
The move came even as the Haryana government suspended mobile Internet in at different places of the state till Saturday evening, one of the most extensive internet blackouts in the state.
The move is aimed at restricting communication between farm groups and preventing mobilisation. But the damage had already been done.
One of the state’s most influential khaps, Kandela, held meetings at Kandela village on Friday.
Similarly, the Dadan and Barh khaps hold their meetings at Uchana and Julana in Jind respectively.
The Phogat khap met in Dadri, the Sarv khap in Rohtak , and the Sarv Sheoran khap at Kharkari village in Bhiwani.
“We have socially boycotted Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala, Bhiwani-Mahendergarh MP Dharambir Singh and former Dadri MLA Rajdeep Phogat, who is a chairman in the BJP-JJP government. We will not call these leaders in our social functions,” HT quoted Balwant Nambardar, head of the Phogat Khap, as saying.
Om Prakash Hooda, president of Hooda Khap, said his clan has unanimously decided to restrict the entry of ruling party leaders and government officials in villages under their control until the three farm laws are repealed.