The Congress MP from Gurgaon, Rao Inderjit Singh, on Saturday said that the Haryana government and Congress high command should make public the details of those who were selected for government jobs in the past eight years of the Congress rule in the state.
“Last February, I along with certain party leaders wrote a joint statement seeking details of all recruitments made by the Congress government in Haryana. We had asked for the details of Class-10 certificates of each selected candidate since it carries the names of the school and the district. If this is made public, we will come to know immediately whether or not there is a regional bias in the selections over the past eight years,” Singh told HT over phone.
The former union minister said there was a prevalent feeling among the masses in Haryana that apart from two to three districts represented by chief minister Bhupinder Singh and his MP son, every other area had been getting a small share of the pie.
“The allegations are running rife that only people from certain districts are considered for government jobs. So to clear these doubts and the good name of the Congress, I have suggested to the Congress high command to seek these details. But so far we have neither received any response from the chief minister nor the party high command,” Singh said.
The Gurgaon MP’s assertions come close on the heels of allegations of neglect and lack of development of assembly constituencies represented by Congress legislators - Rajpal Bhukhri and Naresh Selwal - against the chief minister. The two legislators owe allegiance to union minister and Ambala parliamentarian Kumari Selja, a known Hooda-baiter.
Singh, who has often attacked the Hooda-led Congress government on several issues, said: “If the Haryana government has done something which is above the board, let them make the details public. That’s what we want.”
‘LEGACY’ IN CONTINUANCE
Expressing concern over the legacy of regional bias in the state, Singh said every chief minister worked for his constituency first and then thought about others.
“Today, there is no difference in this system either. It is rather unfortunate that everybody is following that long legacy of helping out those who helped them get into power,” he said.
The former union minister said it was strange that for the past two months, the government was making preparations for a rally at Bawal (which was held on Sunday), but he was not sent an invite.
“Bawal is part of my Lok Sabha constituency. It is like my own backyard. For the past two months, I was waiting for an invitation to the public meet but I didn’t get one.
When I made a public statement that I will not go to the rally, the chief minister called me up on February 21 to say, ‘Aa jao rally mein.
Main to is kism ka aadmi nahi hoon (Do attend the rally. I am not that kind of person). I refused to attend,” he said.
PAST NO BETTER
The legislator had earlier expressed resentment when he was not invited to a flag-off ceremony for the Rewari-Jhajjar railway link. “I was neither invited by the state government nor the railway ministry.
The government will say it was the duty of the railway ministry to invite me. This is an escape route. Mind you, the state government has contributed half of the money for the rail link,” the MLA said.
He further said, “When I went public saying that I was not invited, I got a faxed copy from the ministry that said the chief minister was inaugurating the rail link.
The name of minister of state for railways, who was present at the function, wasn’t even mentioned by the railway officials.”
Asked about the political repercussions of the 10-year sentencing of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief Om Prakash Chautala in the JBT teachers’ recruitment case, Singh said: “There is a sympathetic angle prevalent in the state electorate because people think that the quantum of punishment is excessive. The sympathy factor is prevalent especially among those who are from Chautala’s caste and his supportes.”