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It’s not going to be the system that was run for 5 years: Dushyant Chautala

“It is not going to be the same system that was being run for five years. I can assure you on that,” said Chautala, whose Jannayak Janta Party is now part of the ruling alliance with BJP in Haryana.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: November 3, 2019 7:30:48 am
It’s not going to be the system that was run for 5 years: Dushyant Chautala Dushyant Chautala said that his “priority” would be to ensure that 75 per cent reservation for Haryanvis was implemented in private jobs. (Express photo: Jaipal Singh)

Haryana deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala Saturday said there will be a probe into the alleged scams that took place during the BJP’s five-year tenure in Haryana.

“It is not going to be the same system that was being run for five years. I can assure you on that,” said Chautala, whose Jannayak Janta Party is now part of the ruling alliance with BJP in Haryana.

He was speaking at The Indian Express Idea Exchange here.

“If there had been corruption in last five years, I assure you there will be action taken over it. Be it the SC/ST scholarship scam, mining scam, or medical scam, all will be enquired into. There has to be a change in the way things functioned… it cannot be run independently. Now, we are joint partners. I think we both will work together on that,” he said while talking about the “change” for which his JJP sought votes in last month’s Assembly election.

He, however, added that his “priority” would be to ensure that 75 per cent reservation for Haryanvis was implemented in private jobs.

“Our priority is 75 per cent reservation in private jobs. A Bill will be introduced in the next Vidhan Sabha session. My target will be to get it passed so that we can work with the industries for employment generation,” Dushyant said.

BJP, which won 40 of the 90 and fell short of absolute majority by six seats, entered into a post-poll alliance with JJP that has 10 MLAs.

Brushing aside the opposition’s claims that the alliance will fall apart, Dushyant said, “60 per cent things in the two manifestos are common…We’ve agreed upon setting up a Common Minimum Programme. Two MLAs, one from each party, members of the manifesto committees of BJP and JJP, and bureaucrats will be part of a panel that will work on each and every agenda item.”

Justifying the alliance, despite strongly opposing BJP candidates throughout the campaign, Dushyant said, “People gave us a mandate of 10 MLAs. We needed to take a call on whether to sit in the opposition… see an unstable government, where Independents became ministers… You have seen what happened when Mr (Gopal) Kanda was a Home Minister during Mr (Bhupinder Singh) Hooda’s government and how CLUs (changes in land use) were carried out in Gurgaon. Who did that? Mr Hooda did that with the help of all the Independents supporting him. We do not want the state to go into that crisis where corruption is at next level. We have to stop corruption.”

The JJP leader said that there was a need to check the revenue loss in GST and to see if losses can be curbed with employment generation for people from the state.

“GST is collected at the base where it is consumed, not at the place where it is produced. Earlier VAT was collected at the place where the production was. Today… Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand are net losers (in GST)… states which are producing more than they are consuming. Till we do not generate employment within our state, that consumption will never be enhanced. People who walk in Haryana from other states and get employed here take the revenue back to their state. Thus, the consumption in their state increases, not in our state and that is a loss that we are facing,” Dushyant said, adding that Haryana “is still in a crisis of approximately more than Rs 1,500 crore per annum… recovery will happen only when we have employment for people of our state in private jobs and establishments”.

Talking about the accusations and the counter-accusations that the two parties levelled against each other during the poll campaign, Dushyant said, “It is not a political commitment you are making. It is a political statement…”

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