ACCUSING BJP leaders of being responsible for the breakdown in law and order during the Jat agitation in the state, Leader of Opposition, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Singh Chautala, on Tuesday said controversial statements by BJP leaders had incited people to violence and slammed the government for “failing to control them”.
Speaking during the discussion on the Governor’s address in the Budget Session of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Chautala alleged that the government, for the past year-and-a-half, had failed to heed the warning of Opposition members that statements by BJP MP Rajkumar Saini were vitiating the atmosphere in the state. “We have been seeking action against him. When a person in a responsible position speaks such language, the atmosphere of the state gets spoilt. Rajkumar Saini is the reason for the state being burnt,” Chautala said, while talking about the destruction caused during the Jat agitation.
There were heated moments as Chautala also read out other statements, allegedly made by BJP leaders, that he said amounted to incitement.
He said that Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ram Bilas Sharma had talked of evidence in the Murthal rape cases and that Bedi [Minister of State for Social Justice Krishan Kumar Bedi] had allegedly remarked: “Jaton ki dadagiri bardash nahi hogi (Bullying by Jats will not be tolerated)”. The Leader of Opposition further accused BJP leader Roshan Lal Arya of inciting people by telling them to stay away from Jats. An FIR has been registered against Arya, though he is yet to be arrested.
Chautala also alleged that articles looted during the agitation were found at the residence of the personal security officer (PSO) of Rohtak MLA Manish Grover and accused the PSO’s son of being involved in the looting. Denying the allegations, Grover said that an investigation into the issue had revealed that the PSO’s son was not involved. He also promised to resign if Chautala had any proof but added that Chautala should do the same if he is unable to provide evidence to back his claims.
The INLD leader also said that if former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was in the House, he would have questioned the Congress leader on his adviser Prof Virender Singh’s purported statements “fanning the unrest”. Chautala alleged that property worth crores was destroyed and 30 people had died during the agitation due to the government’s failure to manage law and order. “The government could not protect Capt Abhimanyu’s house. If the government was working then, such looting would not have been possible. The state would not have had to face the embarrassment that it had to. It is the government’s responsibility to take action against those whose names have come forward,” he said.
While Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the discussion on Jat agitation is to take place on March 21 and an adjournment motion pertaining to this has been accepted, Chautala said that he was just giving his views on the Governor’s address.
Chautala further raised a finger over the much-touted Global Investment Summit of the Haryana government. “The M3M company, with which the Haryana government has signed MoUs for Rs 3500 crore, is a bank defaulter. The owner of the company does not have his own house. Rather he has illegally occupied someone else’s house. Of the total MoUs signed, those of around Rs 4 lakh crore are with real estate companies, some of whom have defaulted in handing over houses to people. No investment has come from US and Canada where the CM and Finance Minister had visited. What was the purpose of these trips,” he asked. On the Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal, he said, “The BJP seems not to be acting with elections due in Punjab. The chief minister had assured us that the issue would be raised by BJP MPs in Parliament and that they would go into the Well of the House but it was not done,” Chautala said.
BJP president Subhash Barala denied that the chief minister had made any such commitment.