A new Vidhan Sabha is needed for Haryana considering the possible increase in the number of members in near future and the Aam Aadmi Party has no right to object if the state constructs a new Assembly building in Chandigarh, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Saturday said. This came even as a Punjab government official reiterated that “not a single inch of land should be given to Harayaa in Chandigarh”.
“The Aam Aadmi Party has no right to object if Haryana wants to construct a new Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh. We are not taking land in Chandigarh for free. If we are taking 10 acres for the Assembly building from Chandigarh administration, then we are also giving it an equal piece of land.
There is no problem in this and it is for the Chandigarh administration to decide,” said Khattar.
The Haryana CM’s remarks came on a day a delegation of the Shiromani Akali Dal, led by party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, met Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit, who is also Chandigarh administrator, and opposed Haryana’s proposed move of setting up an additional building of its Assembly in the Union Territory, which is also the joint capital of the two states.
“We told Governor Saab that the people of Punjab will never tolerate that the land be allotted to Haryana in Chandigarh for setting up its assembly,” Badal later said.
A spokesperson for Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said, “We have already cleared our stand. Not a single inch of land should be given to Haryana in Chandigarh”.
Earlier, the AAP had said that Punjab has the sole right over Chandigarh and Haryana will not be allowed to construct an additional legislative assembly building in the city. “Haryana will not be given an inch of land in Chandigarh, which was established on the land of dozens of villages of Punjab,” Punjab AAP spokesperson Malvinder Singh Kang had said earlier this week.
Haryana has sought a 10-acre plot in Chandigarh for constructing the additional building of its Vidhan Sabha. It has identified land adjacent to the traffic light at Madhya Marg near the railway station road junction and offered a 10-acre site in Panchkula in exchange.
Haryana Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta had met Purohit on November 19 and discussed with him the allotment of land for the new building in Chandigarh — the common capital of the two states.
In July, at the northern zone council meeting in Jaipur, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had announced land for setting up an additional building for Haryana Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh.
At present, the Punjab and Haryana governments share the Vidhan Sabha complex, which is next to the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh.
Khattar said that instead of creating hue and cry, the AAP-led Punjab government should focus on its own work. He also said that the Haryana won’t give up the current Assembly building. “That part will also remain with us. Since it is small and there is a possibility of an increase in the number of members in the coming time after the delimitation in 2026, the need for constructing a new building is justified,” he added.
Responding to a question, Khattar said that his state was far ahead of Delhi in terms of providing facilities, which is why the AAP is fighting for its survival in Haryana. “In the recently held Adampur byelection, the AAP got only 3,700 votes out of a total of 1.5 lakh votes polled and yet it dreams of forming the government.”
Further targeting the AAP, Khattar said that the party, which always believed in giving freebies, somehow succeeded in forming government in one or two states, “but when it tried to play the same game” in Varanasi, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, people showed them the door. “In Gujarat too, they will return empty handed,” he added.
While mentioning the alleged scams in Delhi, “including the classroom scam, in which they (ruling AAP) allegedly embezzled Rs 1300 crore,” Khattar said that the party is linked with anti-social elements. “AAP blames the farmers for the pollution in Delhi. They (AAP government) bought bio-decomposer worth Rs 40,000 and spent Rs 11 lakh on its distribution so that the farmers do not burn the stubble. Rs 14 crore was spent on its advertisement and only 350 farmers availed the benefit,” Khattar further said.