Quota stir: Red faces in Congress as Hooda ex-aide heard in clip egging Jats on

“Nowhere have I talked about instigating Jats or anyone. Moreover, the conversation is an old one, much before the current unrest started,” he said.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: February 23, 2016 3:46 pm
Rohtak, India, February 20: Jaat’s blocked Jhajjar-Rohtak road at Saapla, in Rohtak, India, on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Photo by Manoj Kumar Rohtak, India, February 20: Jaat’s blocked Jhajjar-Rohtak road at Saapla, in Rohtak, India, on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Photo by Manoj Kumar

As violent protests by Jats seeking reservation in government jobs continued to rock Haryana — the death toll climbed to 19 Monday after three persons were killed in Sonipat in clashes with security forces — a 90-second audio clip of a purported conversation between an advisor of former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and a Khap leader, allegedly to incite violence, has gone viral on social media, prompting the BJP government to say it will order an inquiry.

In the clip, Professor Virender, former political advisor to Hooda, is heard praising Khap leader Kaptan Mann for the violence in Rohtak and tells him to ask the INSO (Indian National Students’ Organisation) and INLD to turn up the heat in home turf Sirsa.

Listen to the audio clip that points to Hooda aide’s ‘role’ in Jat agitation in Haryana

On Monday, Professor Virender owned up the phone call but said “it was tampered with”. “I wish that whoever first intercepted the phone call and then leaked it leaks the full audio so that the context is clear. The audio clip is tampered and edited,” he said. “Nowhere have I talked about instigating Jats or anyone. Moreover, the conversation is an old one, much before the current unrest started,” he said.

In first remarks from the government, Health Minister Anil Vij told reporters: “We suspected there was some director behind the scene who was trying to inflict damage on the state to reap political benefits. Our government will order an inquiry into the clip which has gone viral. Anyone who is found guilty of inflaming passions won’t be spared.”

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Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said there was something “fishy” in the clip. “Government will investigate the matter, whatever steps need to be taken as per law, we will take,” he said.

INLD leader Abhay Chautala said: “From the audio clip, it has become evident that peaceful protesters were instigated and then Hooda went to Delhi and sat on a hunger strike. I demand that the government get a thorough investigation done into this audio clip and punish the guilty. But this audio clip also makes it clear that the government has been tapping phones of the Opposition illegally”.

The state Congress too sought an explanation from Professor Virender. In a show-cause notice, Ashok Tanwar, president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, said: “It has been alleged that you are responsible for instigating protesters to start violent agitation in other districts of the state which were comparatively peaceful, and that too with the support of our rival political party namely INLD and their student wing INSO.”

“As you are a member of the Congress party, such outright irresponsible behaviour is not expected from you. Therefore, you are directed to reply within three days of receiving this letter. If no reply is received within three days from today, then disciplinary action shall be initiated against you,” Tanwar stated in the notice.

Former Congress minister Capt Ajay Yadav demanded a CBI probe into the audio clip. “We all recognise Professor Virender’s voice. But since he has said the clip has been edited and tampered with, I believe that a CBI probe should be ordered by the state government,” he said.

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First Published on: February 23, 2016 6:18 am
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    Lunatic
    Feb 23, 2016 at 12:59 am
    What a great surprise? If you dig deep you will also hear voice from mbers of "La Family" in every riot and protest including JNU. It is surprising that you are surprised, perhaps you will see what everyone else sees if ypu take the blinkers of hatred for Modi.
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      Maniktripathy
      Feb 23, 2016 at 6:02 am
      Wondering who is anti-national..The students who are shouting the slogans or the ones inciting and burning the nation. either cases the govt. is blind and acts in a helpless manner....
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        Desh premee
        Feb 23, 2016 at 8:17 am
        Cancel all caste based reservations. Provide to only financially backward people who's income less than 75k per annum
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          Aksh
          Feb 23, 2016 at 2:24 am
          Shame on Congress and INLD for instigating the rioters and shame on the Jats for instigating violence and begging for reservations.
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            amit
            Feb 23, 2016 at 5:28 am
            It is impossibleto hhave sucha llarge scale vviolence without political support. Definitely Rahu andKetu of india working overtime to some how defame india. We need to teach them a lesson again.
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              Anil Bharali
              Feb 23, 2016 at 2:02 am
              PMMODIJI HAS SHOWN HIS WISDOM AT THIS POINT AGAIN BY HIGH LIGHTING DEVELOPMENT ON PRIORITY , AND REJECTING THE CONFERRED DOCTORATE DEGREE OF VANNARAS HINDU UNIVERISITY TACTCALLY AND POLITICALLY CORRECTING THE HOME DEPARTMENT'S STATEMENT ON "ANTINAATIONAL' COMMENT ON JNU STUDENT LEADER. WE HAVE TO SEE HOW FAR HE IS ABLE TO CONTATIN RSS FRACTION'S PRESSURE TACTICS IN COMING DAYS.
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                Arun
                Feb 23, 2016 at 6:15 am
                The leaders of all political parties have supported JAT agitation. This article is meaningless.
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                  SK
                  Feb 23, 2016 at 2:39 am
                  Thanks Aksh. By the way where is Rahul, has he disappeared again to Europe for drug treatment?
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                    benna pinto
                    Feb 23, 2016 at 9:06 am
                    where ever BJP in trouble they used name congress, mr modi no guts to comment on so many issues? unfit to rule india, bjp only fit for dividing the caste and religion, otherwise even dog also not vote for them.
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                      Col S
                      Feb 23, 2016 at 1:59 am
                      Good and JATS must compensate for PUTTING every thing G on FIRE in Haryana.Leave aside reservation, they have BETRA HUMANITY .and deserve no SYMPAHY or MERCY.
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                        Col S
                        Feb 23, 2016 at 4:32 am
                        Hooda and his friends must PSY for the DEMAGES and the hurt . Not RESERVSTION but PUNIDHMENT is called for INHUMAN behaviour.
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                          Dr. Sonali
                          Feb 23, 2016 at 1:38 am
                          Dirty tricks. Only for power. No concern for national interest.
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                            Dr. Sonali
                            Feb 23, 2016 at 1:39 am
                            Hate Modi. BUT love India. Work for development of India.
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                              Guest4321
                              Feb 23, 2016 at 4:33 am
                              Please start award waapsi for this violence instigated by congress.
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                                Das
                                Feb 23, 2016 at 10:13 am
                                Congress's involvement in the disruption of water supply to million people, wanton destruction of property and worldwide negative publicity, disruption of life and travel and mive economic loss would surprise to naive, brainwashed or simple folks. To those who have seen Congress at close quarters it is not. It is never mentioned in the media that many of the most die-hard Congressmen were the very people who had been British chamchas! Let us also not forget for the sake of power Congress agreed to national vivisection, started the concept of vote-bank politics and used divide rule policies of the British. Decades of poverty, farmers suicide and social division is their legacy and its now easy to blame Modi.
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                                  Das
                                  Feb 23, 2016 at 10:16 am
                                  Consution no where mentions caste-based reservation, it mentions for deprived section.
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                                    Das
                                    Feb 23, 2016 at 10:14 am
                                    Get your brain out of your rear then you will see the facts.
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                                      Rudraa
                                      Feb 23, 2016 at 2:39 am
                                      Dont just say "shame shame".......we Hindus must UNITE and FIGHT...1. Congress 2. Muslims 3. Christians and ANY HINDU BELONGING TO ANY PARTY (D.Raja, Yechuri, Karats, Nitish)........NGO felt the HEAT that their illegal Anti-Indian activities we curtailed by Modi Govt. OUR SOLDIERS ARE KILLED BY MUSLIMS AND RAHUL HI AND HIS WAITRESS MOM DOES NOT UTTER A WORD...SAME WITH MANISH, SIBAL, OWAISI...
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                                        Rudraa
                                        Feb 23, 2016 at 2:43 am
                                        Hindus are the MAIN TARGET. Khalid speech in JNU yesterday was also Sedition. ISLAM ADVOCATES OPEN SEDITION. I wonder why the JNU students are supporting him ?? SOME DRASTIC MEASURES BY HINDUS IS BADLY NEEDED....Media like TIE is BLATANTLY ANTI-NATIONAL...SO ARE AAJ TAK, NDTV, CNN-IDN, ABP NEWS.....
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                                          babu
                                          Feb 23, 2016 at 3:17 am
                                          Congress /Khaps bjp/rss tool of each party use as goons
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                                            babu
                                            Feb 23, 2016 at 3:12 am
                                            This is called SEDITION sorry to say that Indian hindu don't deserve to rule this nation nehru indra desai chandarshekhar manmohan vishwanath modee they all failed the nation expect Bihari late Lalbahadur Shastri give a chance to a Magahi muslims (people from Magadh area) if you really want to change face of the nation and don't start to compare indian muslims from muslim countries
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