Kejriwal’s mega campaign in Haryana: 2 lakh hoardings statewide
Is Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal eyeing the Chief Minister’s post in Haryana after the 2019 Assembly poll in the state?
From the way AAP has planned to launch the second phase of its “Haryana Jodo Campaign” — by installing flex hoardings with the message “Main aur mera parivaar, AAP ke saath” on 2 lakh households in the state — from September 5 and also going by the interest shown by Kejriwal in Haryana affairs in the past, political observers believe that Kejriwal has some bigger plans in mind than merely preparing the party for the parliamentary poll.
After his meeting with AAP’s incharge for Haryana affairs Gopal Rai, co-incharge Ajesh Yadav, state convener of the party Naveen Jaihind and party functionaries from across the state on Sunday, Kejriwal has decided to launch the second phase of the party’s “Haryana Jodo Campaign” in a big way.
Sources said that Kejriwal told AAP workers from the state that the party would contest all 10 Lok Sabha and 90 Vidhan Sabha seats and would not enter into an alliance with any political party.
After this meeting, Kejriwal also addressed a rally at Pehowa in Kurukshetra on Sunday evening.
In the first phase of the campaign in July-August, AAP claims to have appointed conveners in all 9,500 polling booths in the state.
Kejriwal hails from Siwani town of Haryana and his early education is also from the state.
When he was to choose three names for nominations to the Rajya Sabha from AAP from Delhi, Kejriwal selected two out of three from Haryana lineage.
Besides his trusted lieutenant Sanjay Singh, Kejriwal picked Sushil Gupta, an educationist, and ND Gupta, a chartered accountant, from Haryana, giving rise to speculation about his future plans with regard to the state.
Ahead of 2017 Assembly poll in Punjab, Kejriwal had landed into a controversy by saying that Punjab had no waters to share with Haryana.
His statement had invited the wrath of the people in Haryana.
However, the Delhi CM took a U-turn when addressing the “Bhaichara Kawar Yatra” at Rohtak last month. He said justice should be done to both Haryana and Punjab in the matter of SYL waters.
When contacted, Jaihind said that at present, the issue of CM was not on the mind of AAP senior leaders.
Asked who is going to foot the bill of 2 lakh hoardings, Jaihind said that these are small 2 ft by 3 ft flex boards costing barely Rs15 each and the funds would be collected through contribution.
Is this propaganda of AAP?
Religious structure in Rohtak’s green belt, court seeks reply
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice to the Rohtak district administration, municipal and town planning authorities regarding unauthorised construction of a religious structure in a green belt along the Rohtak-Panipat National Highway in violation of Supreme Court’s orders.
In the notice of motion issued to the Rohtak Deputy Commissioner, District Town Planner, Municipal Commissioner, DTP (Municipal Corporation) and Dinesh, a former sarpanch of Ghilour village in the district, Justice Augustine George Masih has asked them why proceedings under the Contempt of Courts Act not be initiated against them for the violation of Supreme Court’s order dated September 29, 2009.
The respondents have been asked to file their replies within a period of six weeks. December 6 is the next date of hearing.
The petition has been filed by Neelam, wife of Shamsher Malik, a local resident, for contempt of the said order of the Supreme Court, which states that “We direct that henceforth, no unauthorised construction shall be carried out or permitted in the name of Temple, Church, Mosque or Gurudwara etc on public streets, parks or other public places”.
The apex court’s order further maintains that “We direct all district collectors and magistrates/deputy commissioners in charge of the districts to ensure that there is total compliance of the order passed by us”.
The petitioner maintains that the construction of the religious structure is unauthorised, unpermitted and illegal. It is just on the edge of V-1C Rohtak-Gohana Road on the green belt and is being constructed by Dinesh Ghilour under the patronage of a local minister, deputy commissioner and the municipal officials.
The petitioner states that as per RTI replies, the religious structure is being built in violation of the Punjab Scheduled Roads and Regulation Act, 1963. She points out that any plan of the said religious structure has not been sanctioned or can be permitted as per law.
Is it wrong to make a temple on the green belt?
2 Bhiwani boxers win gold at global event
Two women boxers from Bhiwani have won gold in Youth World Championship held from August 21 to 31 in Hungary. The gold medalists, Neetu Ghanghas and Sakshi, both residents of Dhanana village of the district, were given a rousing welcome on reaching Bhiwani Boxing Club here on Monday.
They have scripted history by winning gold in the same championship thrice in a row. The 2015 event was held in Turkey and the 2016 event in Guwahati.
Another boxer Lalita, who lost in the quarterfinals, was also honoured. Their coach Jagdish Singh, boxing club office-bearer Kamal Singh and Sports Authority of India in-charge Bhupinder Singh praised the boxers and demanded a government job for them.
Whether the players of Haryana are glowing globally?
After case against Hooda & Vadra, complainant goes into hiding
Having become the centre of media attention, Surender Sharma, complainant in the recent FIR against former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, has gone into hiding.
A day after Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar lauded him for raising his voice against corruption without any vested interest, Sharma was nowhere to be found in his village, Rathiwas in Tawdu.
“He went out two days ago and has not returned. I do not know anything about the complaint. My son is an honest man who cannot stand corruption,” said his father Sohan Lal, former sarpanch of the village.
When contacted over phone, Sharma said, “I have no connection with the land in question and was never directly affected by the deal. Being a social activist, I could not take this corruption. When no action was taken even after the Dhingra report, I decided to go ahead and do my duty as a citizen. I am not scared, but do not want unnecessary sensation or media glare. Please do not call me up again.”
A pharmacy store owner and social activist, Sharma hit the headlines when following his complaint, an FIR was registered against Hooda and Vadra in connection with the decade-old Shikohpur village land deal between Vadra’s company and real estate firm DLF.
The case was registered at the Kherki Daula police station on Saturday. The DLF and Onkareshwar Properties were also named in the FIR.
Congress leader and former minister Aftab Ahmed termed the FIR as a conspiracy, claiming that the complaint had been filed at the behest of the BJP government as part of political vendetta.
“The affiliation of the complainant with the BJP is well known in Mewat. The complaint was filed at the behest of the BJP government to malign our image. Truth will prevail soon and Khattar should abstain from seeking cheap publicity,” he said.
Is this a political conspiracy?
Govt firm on ensuring water to tail-end villages: Khattar
Inspects rejuvenation work of Jawahar Lal Nehru canal in Jhajjar
The state government is committed to ensuring canal water to tail-end villages in south Haryana. Hence, a project worth Rs 143 crore is being executed to rejuvenate the Jawahar Lal Nehru (JLN) canal which is considered the lifeline of the region. The Masani barrage in Rewari district is also being filled for the past two years.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said this while interacting with mediapersons after inspecting the ongoing rejuvenation work of the JLN Feeder in Salhavaas town in the district.
He also inaugurated the Neer-Swaran Jayanti Rest House located in Jhajjar and felicitated 102-year-old Kanwar Singh of Ridhau village (Sonepat) who had done digging work of the JLN Feeder in 1939 at the remuneration of merely 6 paisa per day.
“No doubt, there is a shortage of water in Haryana, but ponds and reservoirs can be filled with rain water and used during crisis if the available water is managed properly. Six states, including Haryana, have recently signed a joint consent letter pertaining to Lakhwar Dam in order to resolve the issue of water shortage,” said Khattar, adding that the dam would be readied within two years and the state would have a share of 47 per cent.
Talking about the JLN feeder, the CM said it was for the first time after its construction in 1977 that a provision for spending Rs 143 crore for its rejuvenation had been made.
Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar was also present on the occasion.