The Bhupinder Singh Hooda government had given benefits to the “son-in-law of the Congress’s first family”, and now that those files were being investigated, the Congress was accusing the BJP of indulging in the politics of vendetta, BJP president Amit Shah said at a rally in Haryana on Sunday. The Congress-led government, Shah said, had exploited the state and robbed money from its poor for the “Delhi durbar”. The Hooda government, he said, “had gone a step ahead of its own nepotism to send benefits to the son-in-law of the Congress’s first family in Delhi”.
On Congress allegations that recent investigations against Robert Vadra and Hooda were politically motivated, Shah said that “now that files are being opened” and scams are being revealed, “they call it the politics of vendetta”. There had been scams worth Rs 12 lakh crore during the 10-year rule of Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, Shah told a “Gaurav Rally” (pride rally) in Jind, part of the celebration to mark the 50th year of Haryana’s creation as a state. However, the opposition can’t accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of a single scam in the past two-and-half years, he said.
The Justice S N Dhingra Commission, constituted by the Haryana government in May 2015 to probe the grant of commercial licences in four villages of Gurgaon to real estate companies, including M/s Skylight Hospitality of Vadra, has found “gross procedural irregularities in allotment of licences”. Haryana, Shah said, had responded to Narendra Modi’s call for Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, and within a year, Haryana’s sex ratio had crossed 900. According to the 2011 census, Haryana had one of the worst sex ratios in India with 879 women in the state for every 1,000 men. In January this year, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had announced that the sex ratio at birth had reached 903 for December 2015.
The rally was attended by Khattar along with various state leaders including Rajya Sabha member and union Minister for Steel Chaudhary Birender Singh. Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari, too addressed the crowd. Birender Singh, who had joined the BJP from the Congress at an event attended by Shah two years ago at the same ground, thanked Shah and urged him to direct the state government to focus on the development of towns and villages in central Haryana.
Khattar said the BJP had done for Birender Singh in 40 days what the Congress hadn’t in 40 years — made him a union minister. The chief minister vowed to make all districts of Haryana kerosene-free in 2017. As Shah started to speak, he was briefly interrupted by some people in the crowd who waved black flags and shouted, “apna vaada poora karo (Fulfill your promise)”. They were soon evacuated by police and others in the crowd.