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Haryana govt flouts laws, installs RSS icon’s statue in Chandigarh, parties protest

This has provided ample ammunition to principal opposition party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) whose leader Abhay Chautala shot off a stinker to Khattar on Thursday flaying the recent installation.

india Updated: Jul 15, 2017 13:21 IST
Rajesh Moudgil
Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki (left), and Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar  unveiling the statue of RSS ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhayay in the Haryana Raj Bhawanon June 8.
Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki (left), and Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar unveiling the statue of RSS ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhayay in the Haryana Raj Bhawanon June 8.(HT Photo)

In a city that doesn’t permit installation of statues of even Mahatama Gandhi or its founder Le Corbusier, a statue of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhayay has been put up at Haryana Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh.

The installation of the statue is part of the chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar government’s decision to commemorate the birth centenary year of the RSS ideologue. Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and Khattar unveiled the statue in the Raj Bhawan on June 8. Chandigarh building bylaws do not allow any such installation on official premises.

This has provided ample ammunition to principal opposition party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) whose leader Abhay Chautala shot off a stinker to Khattar on Thursday flaying the recent installation.

Abhay, who had also written to Khattar on June 19 against what he alleged as wasteful expenditure on the birth centenary of the RSS ideologue, also criticized the installation.

“I am surprised that no one outside those connected to your party were invited for the unveiling…Therefore, I like to believe that since you must have had doubts about its propriety, that is why the hush-hush affair,” he wrote and added that he was also surprised at the government’s decision to install the statue of a party figure inside the Raj Bhawan complex.

Raj Bhawan is above party politics and hence any attempt to politicise it, is reprehensible, Abhay wrote and further held that no previous government had ever attempted to inject politics in the Raj Bhawan complex.

“Raj Bhawan is the residence of the governor but it is not a private property which is subject to the whims and fancies of the occupant and the government in power. Therefore, I would like to believe that the installation and unveiling of the statue was a private affair of the governor, and that it was not commissioned out of the state funds,” he said while seeking clarification on it.