Haryana Industries & Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu Friday said the state government had “failed to anticipate” the Jat agitation that plunged Haryana into anarchy, leaving a trail of death and destruction in several districts. He added that the government has taken “collective responsibility” for the absence of an immediate administrative response to prevent the situation from getting out of control.
He said there were “disgruntled, frustrated and desperate political forces” who wanted to disrupt Haryana’s progress under the Khattar government, but expressed confidence that the “resilience” shown by the people of the state and the “promptness” with which the government had moved to compensate their losses had been well received.
“When we were a bit tentative about holding this event (Happening Haryana Investors Summit) after all this, it is the industry and the business community who contacted us to say “it’s okay”, the foreign offices of different countries who contacted us with the response that “we are still committed to what we have proposed to you, we would still like to go ahead and explore and we would like to back you up in this time during these times”. So that encouraged us to go ahead, of course without the glamour and glitz,” Abhimanyu said at an Idea Exchange at The Indian Express office.
He said there was no denying that there had been a failure to anticipate the seriousness of the agitation. “We did get intelligence reports that the agitation was expanding. But definitely there was a lack of anticipation as far as the scale of violence, rioting, looting, robbery and all these incidents that happened,” the minister said.
He also admitted to a failure of the administrative machinery at “lower levels” but said the government took “collective responsibility” for that.
Denying a rift in the Cabinet, he said, “Every member of the Cabinet is fully, totally, wholly behind the Chief Minister (Manohar Lal Khattar). We wish the lower level administration had a better response and was better equipped to deal with the situation. We take full responsibility and this is the best that the CM and his council and the government could have done.”