Controversy erupted during the passage of obituary resolutions in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha with the Opposition Congress demanding that the name of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal be included in the ‘list of martyrs’ whose deaths were condoled. This sparked objection from the BJP, with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar saying that since Grewal had committed suicide, his name could not be included in the list.
As the obituary resolutions were read out during the special Assembly session called on the occasion of the golden jubilee of Haryana’s formation, Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhary said there was another martyr — Grewal — whose name should be added to the list of martyrs. She said he had died while fighting for a cause.
Responding to the demand, Khattar said, “The name cannot be added in the list of martyrs. It will set a wrong precedent. We have sympathy for the family. But the House cannot add his name as a martyr.” The Leader of Opposition, INLD’s Abhay Singh Chautala, said since that the CM had objected to the addition of Grewal’s name as a martyr, he should explain why the government had given Rs 10 lakh to the family and offered a government job. When Khattar replied that it was a gesture of sympathy for the family, Chautala said the government should make similar offers to the families of all those who commit suicide.
The House condoled the death of former state minister Dharamvir Yadav and freedom fighters Harnarayan and Darshan Singh. The martyrs whose deaths were condoled included Capt Amit Chauhan, Havildar Rambir Singh, Havildar Sushil Kumar, Havildar Ashok Jakhar, Sepoy Mukesh, Sepoy Anil, Sepoy Kulwant Singh, Sepoy Mandeep Singh and Sepoy Deepak. The House also expressed sorrow over the death of soldiers in the terror attack on an Army camp in Uri.