Hooda conferred with ‘Jain Rattan’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ambala
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2014 21:15 IST

Shri Digamber Jain Sabha on Tuesday conferred the title of ‘Jain Rattan’ on chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at a function held at Lord Mahavir Jain Public School.

The function was held to felicitate the CM for according minority status to the Jain community. Sabha president VK Jain said it was a long-pending demand of the community, which was fulfilled by Hooda and later the UPA government had accepted that at the national level.

He said the Jain community would support Hooda during the forthcoming assembly elections.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that the path of austerity, truth and non-violence enunciated by the Jain saints, Thirathakeras and Lord Mahavir Swami is very much relevant today, adding that the people should follow their teachings.

He added that the community was enterprising and has made great contribution towards the development of society.

The CM said the Jain educational institutions were supplementing the government efforts towards the spread of education and said the government would look favourably to the demands of the Sabha.

Hooda also unveiled the portrait of Lord Mahavir and inaugurated a Jain Dharamshala in Timber market. Later, the CM also addressed a workers’ meeting at the residence of former minister Nirmal Singh and welcomed six councillors who had joined the Congress after leaving the BJP and INLD.

Talking to mediapersons, Hooda claimed that his party would form the government for the record third time in the state as the Modi magic was waning and issues in the assembly elections would be different.

He said there was tremendous development in the state during the last decade.

To a question, he said only disgruntled leaders who had lost the elections were leaving the party and it would not make any impact on the party in the state. He claimed that he was getting tremendous response across the state.

In reply to another question about making freehold Ambala Sadar properties, the CM said a committee comprising a retired judge of the high court and a retired bureaucrat has been formed to work out the modalities.

He added that the decision would not put financial burden on residents.

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