Putting an end to the speculations over the longevity of Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said that coalition was as solid as a rock and would bring a change in the state.
"We have ironed out the differences. HJC supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi has the first right to become the chief minister for the first half of the term, whenever the alliance is voted to power," she said. She said that both the parties are in complete agreement over the share of Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha seats.
On the spurt of rapes in the state, Swaraj said the Congress government had failed to rein in the criminals in the state and crime against women were on the rise.
National BJP president Nitin Gadkari said the Congress, which has ruled the country for decades since Independence, had failed to curb poverty, unemployment and electricity shortage. "Until there is enough electricity, new industries can't be set and new employment avenues can't be generated," Gadkari said.
He said that the country had witnessed the golden period in governance when Atal Bihari Vajyapee was the Prime Minister and the development projects laid out during his tenure were still were a landmark. "The Congress had always given slogans to eradicate poverty, but its leaders actions defied what they preached. Rs 58,000 crore worth grain has rotten in government godowns, but the Centre was not ready to distribute it among the poor," he said.
Taking a dig at the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief OP Chautala, HJC supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi said the large gathering in the rally was an indication that people no more "fear" Chautalas in their citadel.
He claimed that his family always had an upper hand over Chautalas whenever they faced each other in elections. He said corruption charges against Abhay and Ajay Chautala could land them in jail any time.
Coming down heavily on the Congress government in the state, Bishnoi said women in the state were feeling insecure and law-and-order situation was deteriorating with an alarming speed.
"When Bhupinder Singh Hooda became the chief minister in 2005, he had promised to mitigate the electricity crisis within two years, but it has been more than seven years and the situation was no better," he said.
He said the day high court decides the fate of five defected HJC legislators, the future of present government would be jeopardised.
Former minister Mange Ram Gupta, an old political confidante of Bishnoi's father late Bhajan Lal and former MLA Duda Ram were among several leaders who joined the HJC fold.
Show of strength
Held in the Dussehra grounds on the outskirts of Sirsa, the HJC-BJP 'show of strength' saw yellow flags and banners along the roads leading to the venue. State BJP president Krishan Pal Gujjar, former PCC president Dharampal Malik, former deputy chief minister Chander Mohan, MLA Renuka Bishnoi were also present on the dais. A helicopter kept dropping flower petals on the gathering throughout the rally. Traditional dessert 'halwa' was served to the participants.