Deepender hints at Cong-BSP alliance at national level
Rohtak MP Deepender Hooda has said the INLD-BSP alliance would break as, he claimed, the Congress was expected to ally with the BSP at the national level.
He made the claim at Sarva Samaj Bhaichara Sammelan oraganised by social worker Nar Singh Pal in Jagadhri.
The Congress MP hit out at the BJP for failing to fulfil its promises to youths, farmers and employees.
“Before coming to power four years ago, the BJP had promised to provide jobs to 2 crore youths, to implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission report and to bring down inflation. But the BJP has not much to show,” he said.
Deepender said Haryana was number one during the Congress rule in the state. “Now, it lags behind on development, but surges ahead in crime.”
“The Congress government gave plots and houses to 4 lakh SC and BC families. But the BJP government stopped this scheme after coming to power. We will relaunch the scheme if voted to power,” the Congress MP said.
He promised Rs 3,000 monthly pension to senior citizens, round-the-clock power supply to all residents of the state and waiver of farm loans.
“The people have made up their mind to teach a lesson to the BJP in the next Assembly elections,” Deepender added.
He, meanwhile, inducted Nar Singh into the Congress fold with an assurance that he and the Pal community would be given respect in the party.
Is Deepender saying right?
Backstabbers to be shown the door, says Abhay
Even as INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautal is yet to take a final call on expulsion of Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala, Leader of Opposition and INLD MLA Abhay Singh Chautala on Sunday announced that those who backstabbed the party would be shown the door. He said anybody involved in indiscipline would not be spared.
Abhay was addressing a public meeting in Bahadurgarh town in the district. The meeting was organised by former member of the state BJP executive committee Ramesh Dalal on his joining the INLD. Abhay said leaders having good reputation would be associated with the INLD and those who backstabbed the people would be kept away from the party. Some prominent leaders of the BJP and the Congress would join the INLD in Chandigarh on Monday, he said.
He said people were fed up with the BJP as it had entirely failed to live up to their expectations. They had now made up their mind to vote for the INLD in the coming Assembly elections, he claimed.
Attacking the state government, the INLD leader said the BJP had given the slogan of 'sabka saath, sabka vikas', but it was now working for 'sabka vinash' leading to acute resentment among every section of the society.
Will Dushyant Chautala be out of the board of INLD?
Paddy from UP continues to arrive in Karnal mandis
Paddy from Uttar Pradesh continues to arrive in grain markets of the district. Traders are making easy buck, while local farmers fume over non-procurement of their crop.
Sources in the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board say traders bring paddy from UP and it is easily sold in connivance with officials. It is going on even after the directions of Ram Niwas, ACS, Food and Supplies Department, to all DCs not to allow traded paddy into their grain markets before the start of the government procurement.
Sources claim paddy is available in UP mandis at the rate of Rs 1,200-1,350 per quintal and after bringing it to the state mandis, it is sold to procurement agencies for Rs 1,770 in connivance with officials, earning Rs 200-300 per quintal after meeting the transportation expenses.
“We procure paddy from Shahjahanpur, Etawah, Bareilly, Ramraj, Pilibhit, Shamli and other areas directly from farmers for Rs 1,300-1,350 per quintal. The transportation cost is Rs 120 per quintal from Pilibhit, Etawah and Bareilly. We sell it easily in the grain markets of Haryana at Rs 1,600-1,630,” said a rice miller. He said that due to lack of rice millers in UP, they procure directly from the farmers there.
The arrival of paddy from other states is creating problems for the local farmers. “I am sitting in the grain market with my produce for the past three days, but there is no taker, while the crop brought by the traders to the mandi it is sold immediately,” alleged a farmer.
“I have asked the authorities to set up checkpoints on the Haryana-UP border to stop arrival of the paddy from UP,” said Aditya Dahiya, Deputy Commissioner. He said that they could not seize such paddy, but only send it back. “We can seize only stolen rice or paddy,” he added.
Superintendent of Police Surinder Singh Bhoria said they had sent back nearly 200 trucks of paddy.
Is the government able to stop this?
Dushyant continues to remain defiant
A day after Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) patriarch Om Prakash Chautala hinted at the expulsion of his grandson from the party on October 25, Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala continues to adopt a defiant posture.
He has been suspended from the party and served a show-cause-notice in the wake of a feud with his uncle and Leader of the Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala. The fissures surfaced at INLD’s rally at Gohana on October 7 when Dushyant’s supporters created ruckus during Abhay’s speech.
“In an avalanche, a single flake of snow cannot be blamed. The thrust and force of each and every flake causes an avalanche,” Dushyant told, referring to the developments at the Gohana rally.
On his next move in view of party’s disciplinary committee asked to submit a report by October 25, the MP said: “If the committee summons me, I will appear before it and clear my position.”
And what if the party expels him on October 25? “My father, Ajay Singh Chautala, has given 40 years to the party. And I have worked hard for the party for nine years — starting from a small-time worker campaigning in the Narwana Assembly constituency for my grandfather to campaigning for myself in Hisar,” he said, evading a direct reply.
Sources close to Dushyant say the MP does not intend to offer a written reply to the notice served on him on October 11.
In the notice, the party has accused Dushyant of indiscipline and hooliganism during birthday celebrations of Chaudhary Devi Lal and of “causing disaffection within the party and conspiring with forces inimical to the INLD by organising efforts to disrupt the biggest rally in the history of the state”.
“Dushyant has requested the party to provide him with recordings of the Gohana rally and sought 15 more days to reply. He is, however, yet to receive the notice,” the sources said.
Meanwhile, INLD working committee members, including MLAs, don’t know the names of members of the disciplinary committee.
Dushyant is aware that its chairman is Sher Singh Badshami, a former political adviser to Chautala during his term as the Chief Minister. But he, too, has no idea about the committee’s members.
“Such has been the discipline in our party that ever since its inception, need wasn’t felt to refer a matter to the disciplinary committee. This is for first time that a case has been referred to the committee. And that, too, not of an ordinary worker, but of a member of the Chautala clan,” said a senior party functionary.
Is this right of INLD?
Bus strike extended for 3 more days
Union leaders defiant | Policemen in uniform driving roadways’ buses
Commuters continued to be inconvenienced across Haryana due to the strike by Haryana Roadways (HR) employees’ unions. The strike has been extended till October 22.
Sarbat Singh Punia, a member of the Haryana Roadways Talmel Committee, while announcing the extension of strike by three more days, alleged that the state government was forcing the unions to go on strike by its adamant attitude on the implementation of the scheme for private buses on km basis. The move would open up the transport sector to private players, he alleged.
Meanwhile, even as the HR authorities requisitioned private buses, including school buses, to ferry commuters, passengers were left high and dry due to shortage of buses.
Rohtak: Major Opposition leaders, including former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda (Congress,) Abhay Chautala (INLD), Naveen Jaihind (AAP) and Inderjit Singh (CPM) on Friday supported striking employees.
Meanwhile, the HR authorities employed school buses and other private buses to facilitate the commuters.
Karnal: The police arrested 44 employees of Haryana Roadways on Thursday. Of them, 12 were sent to judicial custody, while the remaining 32 were granted bail. Nishant Yadav, ADC, said that of the total 184 roadways buses, 29 plied on their routes. For the remaining routes, they arranged private and school buses.
Yamunanagar: Ravinder Prakash Pathak, HR General Manager, said 145 buses, including 70 HR buses, plied from bus stands of Yamunanagar and Jagadhri. However, commuters had to wait for hours for buses. “I have been waiting for a bus to my village for an hour,” said Ritu of Devdhar village.
Panipat: The local depot authorities on Friday relieved seven contractual employees, while around 275 employees were on strike for the fourth consecutive day. Besides, the depot authorities claimed to have run 88 buses, out of which 28 school buses plied on local routes.
SP Parmar, General Manager, claimed 38 roadways buses had been sent on out-of-state routes on Thursday night, while 22 buses were on long routes early on Friday. In addition, 28 buses have been hired from private education institutions.
Hisar: The local administration, police and the HR authorities roped in several private buses from schools and a thermal power plant at Khedar village. However, transport services were far from normal in the region.
Sonepat: As a relief to commuters, the administration on Friday arranged 55 private buses from Sonepat depot and 23 roadways buses from Gohana sub-depot.
Faridabad: A majority of 198 buses remained off road. Employees claimed that less than 20 buses plied on Friday, while Bhupender Singh, GM, said over 75 buses plied.
Ambala: About 45 buses plied on local routes here, said Gagandeep Singh, GM. Meanwhile, services of two probationer and two contractual drivers were terminated.
Effigies of PM, CM burnt
Kaithal: Activists of 12 Haryana Roadways employees’ unions burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here on Friday. Meanwhile, the police arrested Jasbir Singh, president, district workers’ union. Ram Kumar Bhukkal, GM, Roadways, said 33 buses of private schools were pressed into service, while 98 private buses were deployed to ferry passengers. In all, 40 buses have been kept on standby.