Dissidence seems to be brewing up in the Haryana unit of the Congress. Two days after the Panipat city legislator Balbir Pal Shah resigned citing the state government’s indifferent attitude, Arvind Sharma, Lok Sabha member from Karnal, on Tuesday raised the issue of poor development in his constituency.
Information released by Sharma’s public relations team said that the MP met chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and submitted a comprehensive list of “public issues” of his constituency. Sharma, 49, is representing Karnal for the second consecutive term since 2004.
The Karnal parliamentary constituency comprises Karnal and Panipat districts and Sharma has demanded more grants for development of the area represented by him.
The official release said that the MP highlighted the issue of poor conditions of roads in the assembly segments of Panipat city and rural, Samalkha and Israna (all in Panipat) and Indri, Assandh, Ghraunda and Nilokheri of Karnal district.
The MP told Hooda that the deplorable road conditions were causing inconvenience to residents. However, the release also said that Hooda had assured all help to redress the public issues raised by Sharma.
The MP also demanded colleges for Taraori and Asandh areas of the district. Following demand of the area residents, on August 4, 1994, the then chief minister Bhajan Lal had laid the foundation stone of Janta Shiksha Sansthan at Takhana village, near Taraori, but nothing had been done till date.
Similarly, Assandh, about 45km from here, has no college and is becoming a major public issue in the constituency represented by the Congress legislator Zile Ram Sharma.
The MP demanded the earliest regularisation of illegal residential colonies and equal opportunity to all communities in getting plots in the sectors developed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).
Meanwhile, political observers said that it was interesting to notice the timing when the MP chose to come out with an exhaustive list of public grievances.
“Sharma is a seasoned politician and he had proved it in the past. In July 2008, Sharma had unexpectedly shown a tough stand against the Congress high command during the crucial trust vote in Parliament. On several occasions in the past, he remained vocal against Hooda,” said an analyst.