Leader of Opposition in Haryana Vidhan Sabha and Indian National Lok Dal leader Abhay Singh Chautala has, in a letter to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, sought reversal of decision of the previous Congress government to allot government residences along with other facilities to former Chief Ministers.
Chautala attacked former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda stating that the decision was taken at a time “when it was clear as daylight that the Congress would be ousted from power by the discerning people of Haryana”. He further wrote, “Reading the writing on the wall Sh Hooda had planned a post-Chief Ministerial life in Chandigarh, a city that he got used to during his tenure of ten years”.
“Why should these facilities like staff, guards and a house be given to all the former chief ministers? If this is the case then all the ex-MLAs should also be provided with these facilities. He says that such a practice is there in other states also. But if other states have wrong practices, then should these be introduced here as well?” said Chautala to The Indian Express.
He further said that the state exchequer is being unnecessarily burdened by providing such facilities to former Chief Ministers. Chautala alleged, “Hooda’s role in aiding and abetting unruly and disruptive elements involved in recent incidents of loot and arson in the recent Jat reservation agitation is well known to people of the state. He does not deserve to be allotted any government residence equivalent to the rank of a Cabinet Minister These provisions should be withdrawn.”