Tough call for Hooda as rivals step up heat on regional bias charge

As Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda heads to address a rally organised by his foe-turned friend Power Minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav in Rewari on April 25,his within party rivals have once again stepped up attacks alleging regional bias and lopsided development.

Written by MUKESH BHARDWAJ | Chandigarh | Updated: April 16, 2014 11:34:30 am

As Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda heads to address a rally organised by his foe-turned friend Power Minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav in Rewari on April 25,his within party rivals have once again stepped up attacks alleging regional bias and lopsided development.

Yadav,who was till recently at the loggerheads with Hooda on various issues,including the Mirpur Regional Centre,was the last to fall to the lures of the Chief Minister’s appeasement spree. The leaders had been publicly sparring over the issue till Hooda agreed in principle to provide Rewari with a university. Earlier,Yadav had to cancel a rally after Hooda put his foot down on the matter of converting Mirpur Centre into an university. “I hope that the proposed rally will bring hope for the youth of the state as this might give them the gift of a university,” said Yadav.

Hooda,who had succeeded in winning over most of his within party rivals,finds it difficult to calm down Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Kumari Selja and Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit. In a renewed attack,Rao Inderjit has alleged that the Hooda’s politics is not only Rohtak-Jhajjjar but family centric too. Hooda on the other hand claims said that he always bid for the overall development of the state and no area is particularly dear to him. Hooda is likely to launch a counter offensive on the issue when he addresses the rally at Rewari.

But Inderjit has already stirred a hornet’s nest by releasing the list of appointees in the proposed university and said that two-thirds of the total appointments made for the university are from Rohtak and Jhajjar. “The Chief Minister is not bothered even if the party meets its doom in the next elections. He is aiming at securing his own area by showering favours and no wonder he is using his political position to make his son a leader. All seniors are sidelined under a premeditated plan,” Inderjit said while talking to The Indian Express.

He alleged that not only that people from one district found favour for jobs at the Mirpur Centre,people from a particular community,too,were hand-picked for the jobs.

Inderjit has recently formed the Haryana Insaf Manch,but does not consider it a violation of party norms. “This Manch is non-political. And this was my last resort after all my attempts to set the things right in party at all levels failed. What is happening in the state is no secret to anybody,but the Chief Minister ignores it for his personal gains.” he added.

Selja on her visit to Hisar Sunday too had lambasted the state government for lopsided development.

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