The special one-day session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha called on the occasion of Golden Jubilee celebrations of formation of the state turned into a slugfest with each party seeking credit for the creation of Haryana. The leaders of different parties highlighted the contribution of their family members in the struggle for a separate Hindi-speaking state.
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Leader of Opposition in Haryana Vidhan Sabha, INLD’s Abhay Singh Chautala, rued there was no mention of people who strived for the creation of Haryana either at the inauguration of celebrations by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gurgaon on November 1 or during the function at Panchkula on Thursday.
Chautala said a 21-member committee was constituted under the leadership of his grandfather Chaudhary Devi Lal that worked out the roadmap for creating Haryana. Targeting the BJP, he said as per records, Jan Sangh was opposed to the creation of Haryana. This led to much opposition from the BJP MLAs who said leaders of Jan Sangh were part of the struggle to demand Haryana and were also jailed.
Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhary said it was the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who created Haryana. The BJP leaders opposed stating that she agreed to creation of Punjabi Suba and not the separate state of Haryana.
Choudhary further highlighted that it was Chaudhary Bansi Lal, her father-in-law, who laid the roadmap for progress of Haryana. She said he laid a network of canals across the state so that water could reach different regions. She added that he enhanced road connectivity in the state.
Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda highlighted the contribution of his father Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Hooda in Haryana’s creation. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ram Bilas Sharma highlighted his contribution towards Haryana. References were also made about Haryana’s history not being just of the past 50 years. It was highlighted that Haryana found mention in the Gita as well as in works of a 10th century writer.