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Haryana CM talks tough, says no one will be allowed to vitiate atmosphere

india Updated: Feb 15, 2017 10:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Surajkund
Manohar Lal Khattar

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar (HT File Photo)

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday warned that any attempt to vitiate atmosphere during the ongoing Jat agitation will be dealt with strictly.

The chief minister was addressing mediapersons after a meeting of the state cabinet here this evening. “We believe in the `hope for the best’ theory but one should be prepared for the worst also,” he said in response to a query about the Jat stir.

“The five-member committee constituted under the chairmanship of the chief secretary has briefed the cabinet on the issue today,” Khattar said adding that the government wanted to resolve the issue within the ambit of law and all channels of communication are open for early resolution of the matter.

He, however, did not elaborate on the recommendations of the committee.


Asked as to when the government is planning to release the report of the Dhingra Commission, he said, “The report was to be tabled in the coming budget session of the Vidhan Sabha, but it has been stayed by the court. Now, the report would be tabled in the subsequent session.”

However, on the basis of the recommendations of the commission, certain reforms are being made by the government and some inquiries had also been initiated, he added.

Responding to a question regarding the issue of 456 acres of land at Gwal Pahadi village in Gurgaon, the CM said that this is a very old case on which many decisions have been taken in the past.

This issue, he said even dates back before the partition of the country. He said the matter came up in 1980, 2005 and 2014 also. “Either the experts can settle it or the Supreme Court of India can resolve it,” he added.

Asked if the Haryana Government would offer to hold the India International Trade Fair (IITF) in the state in view of the Centre’s decision to set up a convention centre at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, Khattar said the IITF is organised by India International Trade Fair Authority.

“In case a proposal comes to the state, the government would consider the same.”

The CM said a decision has been taken to extend the Surajkund International Crafts Mela by a few days from next year so that it covers three-weekends. The fair will to conclude on February 15 this year, covering only two weekends.

He said around 11.5 lakh people have visited the mela till now, with 22 countries participating in it.