Denying allegations of recommending the name of Jaswanti Devi, incharge of Rohtak-based Apna Ghar, for the state awards, Congress legislators Bharat Bhushan Batra and Anand Singh Dangi said they would not stoop to such low levels.
The investigations into the Apna Ghar case revealed that based on recommendation letters signed by Rohtak MLA Batra and Meham MLA Dangi, Jaswanti - at present, lodged in jail for after being charged with immoral trafficking, torture and bonded labour - received state awards for "empowering women" and her "contribution to society".
Even, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief Om Prakash Chautala at a press conference in Hisar on Saturday levelled the same charges against the two conferences.In response to this, the two MLAs held a press conference here in the afternoon. "It doesn't behove a former chief minister to make to make unsubstantiated claims. It is disgusting on his part." Batra said.
"To get a state-level award, our recommendations are not enough. There is a mechanism in place. The case is scrutinised by the district administration and other higher officials based on the performance of the deserving candidates", Dandi said.
The Rohtak MLA took a dig at the at Opposition parties for misguiding public on Gorakhpur nuclear power plant issue. He said the Opposition was opposing the setting up of the plant to cash in on the sentiments of public.
"The logic of setting up a nuclear plant on fertile land is justified as a nuke plant needs lots of water for cooling its temperature and such a plant can't be set up on barren land," Batra added.