“Now that files are being investigated, they call it the politics of vendetta,” Shah said at the BJP’s “Pride Rally” in Jind to celebrate the 50th year of the birth of Haryana as a separate state. He did not take any names.
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 Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, has found “gross procedural irregularities in allotment of licences”. The Congress has accused the BJP of vendetta in the case.
Shah claimed there had been scams worth Rs 12 lakh crore when the UPA under Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh was in power, but the opposition can’t accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of a single scam in the past two-and-half years. He alleged the Congress-led government in the state had robbed money from the poor for the “Delhi durbar”.
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, but left before Shah arrived.
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.