Prime minister Narendra Modi will unveil a 64-ft-tall statue of late leader Sir Chhotu Ram at Sampla in Rohtak district on Tuesday. Prime Minister will even lay the foundation stone of a rail coach factory to be established on 163 acres in the Barhi industrial area of Sonepat district.
The event will be attended by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya, Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik, Railway Minister Piyush Goel, Union Steel Minister Birender Singh and all ministers of Haryana.
Sir Chhotu Ram was an ideologue of the peasants of pre-Independence India and a prominent politician in Brish India’s Punjab Province. He belonged to the peasants of Jat community and worked to upgrade the lives of the peasants and welfare of the community. He was peasants’ leader and was knighted in 1937. He was a co-founder of the National Unionist Party which influenced Panjab Province in pre-Independent India and made other parties away from the province.
Mr Chhotu Ram created Unionist Party (Zamindara League) in 1923, a cross-communal alliance of Hindu Jats and Muslim agriculturists. He even followed some Muslim leaders like Fzli Husain.
In 1935, the Unionist Party won the elections and came in power. It formed the provincial government in the capital at Lahore in which Chhotu Ram vowed as revenue minister and introduced many laws to stop the practice of usury (charging interest on interest). He gained the support of many prominent urban Muslims as Abdul Qadir.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar praised the work of the Sir Chhotu Ram and called him “an inspiration for future generations.”
Prime Minister will unveil the statue and will visit a museum dedicated to sir Ram where items belonging to him are on display and scenes from his life have been recreated.
Sir Chhotu Ram was popularly known as ‘Deen Bandhu’ among farmers and was conferred with the title of ‘Rao Bahadur’.