At INLD rally, Sukhbir slams Khattar govt
The Shiromani Akali Dal, a BJP ally, today hit out at the Khattar government saying it seemed there had been “no government in Haryana for the past 11 years”.
While the attack was primarily aimed at the decade-long Congress rule in Haryana, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal’s reference to “11 years” sought to target the one-year tenure of the BJP government led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The BJP has been in power in the state for the past one year. While the two parties are allies in Punjab and at the Centre, some SAD candidates had contested elections against BJP nominees in the last Haryana elections.
Sukhbir, addressing INLD’s “Jan-nayak Samman Divas” rally here, said the state had slipped on development over the past 11 years and was under heaviest debt among all states.
“It seems there is no government in Haryana for the past 11 years, which has pushed the state backward. The condition of farmers in the state is pitiable, supply of electricity is dismal, and the roads are in bad shape. The state chief ministers have preferred to remain confined to Gurgaon or Delhi,” said Sukhbir. He asserted the SAD and the INLD were “one party with different names”.
Janata Dal-United leader KC Tyagi lambasted the BJP government as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the presence of Sukhbir.
“The Prime Minister should drown himself in view of the pitiable condition of the farmers,” he said. He also accused Modi of patronising capitalists who owed lakhs of crores of rupees to banks and other financial institutions.
The prominent leaders slated to attend the rally, including Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, J-K former CM Farooq Abdullah, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, JD-U leader Sharad Yadav and RPI leader Ramdas Athawale, failed to show up for the event.
The INLD leadership called for a state-wide agitation against the alleged paddy scam and inflated power bills in Haryana. Party leader Abhay Chautala asked people to stop paying their electricity bills unless the fuel surcharge and other “unreasonable” charges were withdrawn.
He promised 10 per cent reservation under the special Backward Class to five castes, including Jats, Jat-Sikhs, Rors, Tyagis and Bishnois should the INLD come to power in the state.
State INLD president Ashok Arora alleged the Haryana officials, in connivance with rice-millers, were cheating paddy growers by not giving full MSP.