Dhankhar, who belongs to a Jat community from a village in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district, appears to have been a part of both Haryana and Punjab, despite the saffron party’s attempt to appease the farming community to the coveted constitutional post through Dhankhar’s election. did not affect the farming community. ,
Unlike Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal, Dhankhar has never been seen openly talking about farmers and their problems in villages in Haryana or Punjab. MalikWho also belongs to the farming community as he was born in a Jat family in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh.
However, both Malik and Dhankhar have always spoken openly on farmers’ issues during their tenures as governors of Meghalaya and West Bengal respectively. Criticizing the policies of the Center on farmers, Malik never spared even Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In contrast, Dhankhar, a lawyer and former Union Minister, was always seen following the dignity of the Raj Bhavan.
Perhaps this is the reason that Malik is extremely popular in the hinterland of Haryana and is often invited as a special guest by farmers’ unions/associations and other groups of Haryana and Punjab. While visiting Haryana’s Panipat district in the first week of July at the invitation of a farmers’ group, Malik said the condition of farmers would improve only when the Center brings a law on MSP of their crops. He also supported the protest against the Centre’s Agniveer scheme by the youth of Haryana.
Malik, who visited Punjab’s Jalandhar on Friday, said that though the Center has withdrawn agricultural laws, issues like guaranteed MSP and withdrawal of court cases still need to be resolved. Malik also spoke on the issue of release of Sikh prisoners.
On the other hand, Dhankhar’s only association with Haryana in recent times was when he was appointed by the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government in 2017 to protect the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act, 2016. in which reservation was provided. Government jobs for Jats and five other castes in Haryana.
Another Haryana affiliation of Dhankhar, born into a farmer family in Rajasthan, is his association with Devi Lal, a former deputy prime minister, in the 1980s. He represented the Janata Dal in the Lok Sabha from 1989 to 91 and also served as a minister of state in the Chandrashekhar cabinet. However, he never spoke on the issues of farmers in any open forum.
The saffron party is linking his appointment with farmers to woo the Jat voters of Rajasthan and Haryana. Dhankhar’s sister was also married in Haryana’s Charkhi Dadri, where he had earlier come to attend family functions.