Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked the Election Commission to take “serious note” of the Haryana government’s decision to clear a land deal between Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and real estate firm DLF, saying it was done “during the election process.”
Addressing a poll rally in Hisar, Modi said, “They know that after the elections, the son-in-law (Vadra) will not get any clearances for illegal deals. So, in between the election process, they have dared to take such a decision.”
The Indian Express reported on Monday that the Congress government in Haryana, led by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has officially legitimised the land deal between Vadra and DLF. Earlier, Haryana’s former director general, Consolidation, Ashok Khemka, had cancelled the mutation of the land in Shikhopur village in Gurgaon.
“I think pressure was put on Hooda from the top (Congress leadership) to take such a decision… It is clear from this decision that both he and the Congress have already accepted defeat in Haryana,” said Modi. Stating that the EC must take note of the issue, he said, “I hope they will take appropriate action for any violation of the Model Code of Conduct.”
Responding to the attack, Hooda said: “The Haryana government has nothing to do with it (land deals). Whoever is saying this is misleading. If anybody can prove that even an inch of government land (was used) then I am ready to leave my post today. They can even appeal to the Lokayukta.”
Meanwhile, addressing another rally in Kurukshetra, Modi targeted INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala. “He doesn’t even trust his own sons. Despite being in jail, he is seeking votes, telling people that he will take oath from inside jail. He could have said that he has become old and people should give his sons a chance,” said Modi.
“I was thinking that somebody who is in Tihar jail should say that if given a chance, he will come out of jail and again work for the welfare of people. But instead, he says that he will take oath inside jail. This is absolutely shocking,” he said.
Criticising the INLD for claiming that it gave “unconditional support” to the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections because of Modi, he said: “I do not need support of people who are sitting in Tihar. I do not need such governance. I need the love of the people of Haryana. I request such politicians (INLD leaders) that they should not go to people showing my pictures and seeking votes.”
Targeting dynasty politics, while not taking any names, Modi said, “Whoever was in power in Haryana, his family dominated and occupied the entire state. Dynasties went forward, and Haryana got left behind… I am surprised that politicians dare to tell lies and mislead people in a land which belongs to Lord Krishna.”
Urging people to vote for the BJP, he said, “You need to decide if you want to get divided on the basis of caste or get united and change the fate of Haryana… If people of Haryana can form a stable government in Delhi, why not in Haryana?”
Targeting Congress leaders on the issue of corruption, Modi said: “We all watch Amitabh Bachchan host the show Kaun Banega Crorepati on television. But in Haryana, leaders are playing the game Kaun Banega Arabpati”.
Taking note of the poor sex ratio in Haryana, Modi said the issue would top the BJP’s agenda if voted to power. “Girls are being killed in the wombs of their mothers even before they are born. This is a matter of shame. Is this a civilised society? I can assure you all today that after coming to power, it shall be our top priority to ensure safety and security and utmost respect to all the women and girls.”
— With PTI inputs from Hisar