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Corruption in Haryana worse than Delhi: Yadav

chandigarh Updated: Jan 12, 2014 20:02 IST
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Taking the ruling Congress government head on, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) senior leader Yogendra Yadav said that the corruption in Haryana was "much worse than Delhi".

"The Haryana government is facing corruption allegation in land deals, change of land use (CLU) and recruitments," said Yadav.

While addressing at a party convention in Panchkula, Yadav stated: "If corruption was an issue in Delhi, than it is hundred times a bigger issue in the state of Haryana."

The AAP leader said that each and every department and ministry was plagued with corruption. "The state has witnessed large scale corruption in matters pertaining to land and recruitment," said Yadav.

While taking a dig at the opposition parties in the state, the 50-year-old academician-turned-politician did not spare the opposition parties, and accused them of deliberately not taking up the issues pertaining to corruption.

"They all are hand-in-glove with the corrupt," said Yadav, while vowing to make corruption an election issue.

Though his party has unofficial declared him as the chief ministerial candidate, Yadav claimed that no decision had been taken yet.

"There should be no hurry in declaring the CM candidate. So far no decision has been taken about who will lead the campaign in the state," said Yadav.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led party has decided to fight all 90 seats in Haryana.

Buoyed with the outcome of Delhi elections, the party appears to be confident of making breakthrough in the state. Yadav asserted that the party has done a lot of ground work in past one year and they are capable of providing good government in Haryana.

Clearing the air about possibility of senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka joining the party, he said that Khemka has not accepted the invitation to join the party.

"When Khemka highlighted the illegalities in land deals involving Robert Vadra, we made it clear that we would like to bring such honest officers in the party. We had given him an invitation, which he did not accept, but AAP's doors will always remain open for him," said Yadav.

Clarifying his stand on khap panchayats, Yadav said khap panchayats "not always did bad things for which they made news". Supporting their role in society, he maintained that such panchayats perform an import role of bringing together people and resolving their issues. However, he said that khaps "indulging in activities not permitted under law was intolerable".

On speculations of party leader Kumar Vishwas contesting against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi, Yadav stated that no decision has been taken in this regard.

Taking a dig at former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, a former team Anna member and Kejriwal's colleague during the Jan Lokpal agitation, for planning to join Bharatiya Janata Party, he said that Bedi always held an opinion to go with a party which "less worse than others".

"Kiran Bedi and others who are said to be joining BJP were never members of AAP," clarified Yadav.