A day after Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda faced flak from Power Minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav over land acquisition in Rewari,Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh too launched a tirade against him,alleging that the chief minister was creating a sharp region based divide in the state.
Speaking to The Indian Express,Rao said that the regional bias in the government has become so prominent that it may lead to serious trouble for the party in the forthcoming Assembly elections. Why is land being acquired only in south Haryana,and that too in my area? The rail corridor,for which the state is acquiring land,is actually marked in Panipat,Sonepat and most importantly Rohtak and Jhajjar,but no land is being acquired there. They have issued Section IV notice and will also issue Section 9 notice before the next Assembly elections,but we will not allow this, said Rao,who had been at loggerheads with Hooda earlier as well on the issue of south and north Haryana divide.
Claiming that there seemed to be a set and purposeful design behind the acquisition process,Rao said: This is to harm us because I had been raising voice for the people. I cant help if they have chosen me against the wishes of certain leaders but am going to take it to a very high level in the party and ensure that the issue meets its logical end.
Ironically,the government,on Wednesday,had ignored the local leadership of Gurgaon and Rewari where trouble had erupted over land acquisition. It neither invited Yadav,the Rewari representative and nor Rao,whose Lok Sabha constituency is affected by the acquisition process. The political committee formed to sort out the matter in Rewari is nothing but a farce. No leader belongs to the area. How will they help when they are not even aware of the problem? A legislator included in the committee had been accused of indulging in property dealing and there had been protests against him. What can we expect from this kind of committee? It should be reconstituted while giving representation to those who matter in the area and are aware of the problem, said Rao,adding that he was perturbed that he was not asked to attend Wednesdays meeting between Hooda and a delegation from 21 villages in Rewari.