Castigating the BJP government for reversing the decisions taken by the previous Congress regime, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has said it is for the first time that a state government instead of enhancing the benefits has reversed the decisions of the previous regime.
The superannuation age has been brought down and the pension amount has also been reduced, Hooda said. "The BJP government is misleading people that the state is under heavy debt," the senior Congress leader told mediapersons at Fatehabad on Tuesday.
Hooda was in Fatehabad to attend marriage of Sandeep Bishnoi, son of Dura Ram, an HJC leader and former chief parliamentary secretary.
HJC supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi and former deputy chief minister Chander Mohan welcomed Hooda at the function.
Replying to the media queries he said, "In the international market the rates of crude oil are falling but the state government has increased VAT on diesel. The BJP government is anti-farmer. The VAT should be withdrawn. Though I do not want to comment on chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar's working, the decisions do not augur well for people and the state."
Regarding former minister Capt Ajay Yadav's allegation that the Congress lost the assembly election due to Hooda's wrong policies, the latter said, "The person who remained in power for 10 years is now making such statements. It shows his attitude. He is great; he can say anything."
On the dera culture in the state, Hooda said, "No one should take law into his hands. The violence and showdown at any stage should have been avoided."
Denying any association of any of his family member with Rampal's trust, he said, "During the Congress regime, he (Rampal) remained behind the bars for 22 months." Hooda also condemned lathi-charge on mediapersons at Barwala during police action against the ashram.