Taking a dig at the Haryana Congress government, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday said that honest bureaucrats were harassed for not towing lines of the corrupt government.
Addressing a political rally organised here to mark the birth anniversary of late Bhajan Lal, former chief minister and founder of the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), Joshi said that the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led government was shielding "corrupt" politicians.
The state government is under fire from various quarters, including various political parties, for allegedly harassing Haryana bureaucrats Ashok Khemka and Sanjiv Chaturvedi.
While Khemka had levelled serious allegations of shady land lands involving Robert Vadra, son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Indian forest services (IFS) officer Chaturvedi had unearthed several cases of irregularities in the funds of the forest department.
Several officials were booked and prosecuted on Chaturvedi's action. But, both the officers suffered frequent transfers.
This week, a chargesheet filed by the Hooda government against Chaturvedi was quashed by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Meanwhile, without naming any individual, ex-union minister Joshi said it was unfortunate that the state government was "victimising" upright officers.
"What kind of governance is it where honest bureaucrats are harassed for exposing corrupt politicians? Time has come when people must think to bring a change in Haryana and at the Centre," he said before flagging off Haryana Vijay Abhiyan, a luxurious bus.
Joshi said that the Congress-led UPA had become synonymous with corruption, adversely affecting the development of the country.
"It is very unfortunate that governments, including that in Haryana, are selling highly fertile land to major corporate houses. We are not against development, but the BJP is against acquiring cultivable land for other purposes," he said.
"As the chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), I have seen how corrupt the UPA regime is. PAC is a body to check corruption in the work of the central government and we are overburdened due to the lopsided policies of the Centre," he said.
In an apparent hint that the BJP-HJC alliance had no space for the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Joshi invited state presidents of the BJP and HJC, Ram Bilas Sharma and Kuldeep Bishnoi respectively, to work together to ensure victory of the alliance.
Ram Bilas Sharma took a dig at Hooda for calling Vadra a "poor man" who had legitimately sold his land to a firm.
"If Hooda is convinced that Vadra is really a poor man then the state government should enroll him as a below poverty line (BPL) beneficiary. Ten Congress legislators are facing serious criminal charges and Hooda is working as an agent of property dealers," the BJP state president alleged.
Bishnoi urged people to vote for a change and reject the Congress. He said mere speeches by leaders would not make a difference until voters think in the right direction.
"While the INLD leadership is in jail for corruption, the nine-year term of the Congress reflects its regional bias in pursuing development activities," he said.
Bishnoi said that if the BJP-HJC would be voted to power, Vadra's alleged act of commission would be probed and he would be sent to jail if proven guilty.
Flags off BJP-HJC yatra from Adampur
HJC president Kuldeep Bishnoi and his core team would cover all 90 assembly segments in 54 days in the luxury bus of Haryana Vijay Abhiyan. BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi flagged off the march on Sunday.