Haryana No 1 in graft, dynastic politics and crime against women: Piyush Goyal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Oct 07, 2014 19:52 IST

Union power minister Piyush Goyal on Monday attacked Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for allegedly fudging figures to project Haryana as No 1 state of the country. Haryana is No 1 in corruption, dynastic politics, crime against women, victimisation of government officers and high power prices, he said while addressing a meeting of industrialists to garner support for Panchkula BJP candidate Gian Chand Gupta.

Commenting on the coalition politics, Goyal said, “We are fighting alone. There shall be freedom from alliances. In such a government you tend to blame the other partner for your failures.”

He took a jibe at Deepender Hooda, Rohtak MP and son of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, for reading state’s growth figures as per his convenience and even called him a “Shehzada”. He added that even in Maharashtra, Congress politicians had declared that state as number 1.

“Poultry farms are under stress, industry is suffering, sand is available only in black market and power prices are highest in Haryana. If you read the statistics closely, you will find that the development has taken place only in Gurgaon and the rest of Haryana has suffered,” he said.

“We do not believe in family politics. Everyone has to work here. If your forefathers were in politics; that cannot be a certificate for you,” he added.

‘Corruption institutionalised’

The union power minister said corruption had been institutionalised as there were fixed rates for getting work done. “There is no discrimination in taking bribe. Anyone can pay bribe and get his work done. The government is corrupt. Only a district (Rohtak) has developed. In Haryana, people need change. Narendra Modi’s government at the Centre and BJP government in the state would help people,” he said.

On supporting Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Gian Chand Gupta from Panchkula assembly segment, Goyal exhorted people to give as big mandate as they had given it to Rattan Lal Kataria in Ambala in the Lok Sabha polls.

“Panchkula is devoid of development. There is black marketeering of sand. As of now, entire Panchkula is dependent on Chandigarh for its growth. The BJP will form the government in the state and convert Panchkula into a smart city,” he said. Surprisingly, Gupta couldn’t join the union power minister as he was busy campaigning.

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