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Let bureaucrats be, come clean on graft charges against politicians: HJC

Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times  Karnal, November 10, 2013
First Published: 19:13 IST(10/11/2013) | Last Updated: 19:15 IST(10/11/2013)

Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) president Kuldeep Bishnoi has said that before introducing a law on fixing accountability among bureaucrats, chief minister (CM) Bhupinder Singh Hooda should first issue a white paper on corruption charges levelled against Congress leaders in the state.

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Reacting to announcements made by Hooda at a Congress rally organised at Gohana, Sonepat district, on Sunday, Bishnoi described the announcement as an attempt of the Congress to divert attention from “the core issues of misgovernance and corruption in the state government” during Congress' nine-year rule in the state.

At the rally in Gohana, Hooda had announced a legislation for making corrupt bureaucrats answerable. However, Bishnoi termed the rally as a waste of taxpayers' money. He added that several Congress ministers and leaders were indulging in corruption by helping in hasty clearance of certificates for change of land use (CLUs).

Bishnoi, the parliamentarian from Hisar segment and the HJC-Bharatiyana Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate, questioned the timing of Hooda's announcement: “The CM should clarify why he did he do nothing for nine years. Had the Hooda government been serious on corruption, it would have given more powers to the state lokayukta.”

He termed Hooda's announcement of filling thousands of jobs, raising salaries and honorariums, as shallow. “The poor fiscal position of the state would not allow the implementation of such announcements,” he said.

“Several media reports made on the basis of the Right to Information (RTI) have revealed that most announcements made by Hooda since 2005 have failed to materialise. People understand it well that it is the elections to be held next year that made the Hooda government suddenly feel the backlog in the job quota of Scheduled Castes, Backwards Classes amd ex-servicemen,” he said.


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