Hooted by BJP workers in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi early this week, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday hit back asking people to avenge the "insult" meted out to the state through the ballot in upcoming assembly polls.
"What happened at Kaithal, you
all know... Though tit-for-tat is against our culture, but we will definitely avenge what happened there in a different way.
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"I request you to give them a befitting reply using your power of ballot in the assembly polls," he told a rally in Panipat.
Hooda had faced hooting from a section of the crowd at the function attended by the Prime Minister in Kaithal after laying the foundation stone of a highway project on August 19.
A couple of days later, the Prime Minister invited him for a cup of tea to placate him.
The two-time chief minister said at the rally, where he announced sops for various sections of the people including farmers, that he had intelligence report that such a thing (hooting against him) could happen.
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"But I ignored that. I thought in PM's presence people will not do such a thing, but they did not even keep the sanctity of the PM's post. People of Haryana want to know who these people are and from where they have come," he said.
"It was a National Highways Authority of India function, a government function, an official function. What was my fault. Did I go there in my personal capacity? I had gone there as a representative of 2.5 crore people of Haryana," the chief minister said.
"I belong to a family which fought for nation's freedom. There is anger among the people of Haryana and this state does not tolerate such insults," he said.
Training his guns on BJP, Hooda said the saffron party is banking on deserters.
"They (those who left Congress to join BJP) are the same people who enjoyed the fruits of power for 10 years and now they are finding faults," he said.
The chief minister asked voters to teach them a lesson at the hustings. "The people will teach them a lesson and make them bite the dust."
Taking a dig at BJP, Hooda said "I want to ask them to declare their chief ministerial candidate and the constituency from where he will fight."
The chief minister, who gave a report card of his government during the past nine-and-a-half years at "Vijay Sankalp" rally, also launched a veiled attack on INLD.
"My opponents say that Hooda is a property dealer and these words come from those very people who themselves are property grabbers and charge-sheeted in cases."
Exuding confidence that Congress would form government in the state for the third consecutive term, Hooda said "we have prepared the poll manifesto and will release it soon."
Wooing Dalit and other weaker sections, Hooda announced waiving of loans amounting to Rs. 154 crore taken by 1.25 lakh people including those belonging to SCs and Backward Classes.
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He also announced that from November 1 this year, old age and widow pensions will be hiked from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 1,500.
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