A look at the show-stealers in Haryana assembly session
The recently-concluded budget session of the Haryana assembly remained action-packed, with the Jat reservation, SYL canal and other issues of public importance dominating the proceedings. Congress MLAs were suspended for disrupting the governor’s address right on the day one of the session on March 14. The 11-day session, however, saw several seasoned performances. HT’s Rajesh Moudgil picks up five show-stealers that stood out.india Updated: Apr 03, 2016 11:54 IST
The recently-concluded budget session of the Haryana assembly remained action-packed, with the Jat reservation, SYL canal and other issues of public importance dominating the proceedings. Congress MLAs were suspended for disrupting the governor’s address right on the day one of the session on March 14. The 11-day session, however, saw several seasoned performances. HT’s Rajesh Moudgil picks up five show-stealers that stood out.
Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar: He came across as a calm and articulate orator, handling tricky issues with maturity, perhaps for the first time in the past 18 months of his government. On the Jat stir, while referring to targeted violence against different castes, he told the House that he was pained to express how bad he felt on being termed as “Pakistani” by some people. He said he did not believe in castes and that was why he did not use his surname (Khattar). He led the treasury benches with aplomb on the Jat quota Bill issue and dwelt on how various sections of society had been satisfied through the Bill. He also seemed to be accommodating on the issue of revocation of suspension of Congress MLAs even as his party colleagues put their foot down on the issue.
Health minister Anil Vij: BJP MLA from Ambala Cantt, Vij repeatedly turned tables on the Opposition, especially Congress MLAs, with his witty, sharp remarks while showing remarkable presence of mind. He admitted inadequacies in the health department and remained open to inquiries into the alleged irregularities. He also thwarted the Congress’ last-ditch bid to get its MLAs’ suspension revoked and highlighted the import of marking attendance by MLAs before participating in the House proceedings.
INLD MLA Naina Chautala: The first-time MLA from Dabwali caught the attention of the House with her simplicity while taking part in discussions. She spoke mainly on issues pertaining to women and children, often cornering the treasury benches on the sorry state of affairs. Once she even politely told Khattar that he might not understand daughters’ and women’s plight as he was not married, prompting the CM to assert that he too came from a family. On another occasion, she said that woman MLAs of BJP who all came from cities might not understand the plight of rural women, leaving the treasury benches defenceless.
BSP MLA Tek Chand Sharma: The sole Bahujan Samaj Party MLA from Prithla (Faridabad), Sharma spoke relatively less, but drew immediate attention of the House because of his subtle pun. It was Sharma who moved the resolution for the hike in the MLAs’ salary and allowances, which he said were probably the least in the country. He said the proposed hike would help MLAs work better, sans any corrupt practices. Showing a rare unity, the House passed the resolution with thumping support.
BJP MLA Kamal Gupta: The first-time MLA from Hisar and chief parliamentary secretary, Gupta stood out for his politeness but firm stand on various issues. He used a refined language and his speech was often punctuated with slokas and hymns from religious scriptures. He spoke about issues such as naming of the Chandigarh airport, Rakhigarhi archeological site, the proposed cricket stadium in Hisar, which, he said, would have pan-Haryana impact.