Balbir Pal Shah, five-time legislator from Panipat city who tendered his resignation on Sunday evening from the Haryana assembly, on Monday refused to have second thoughts about his political decision.
“I am not a politician who takes action to seek political advantages. It (resignation) is a firm decision and there is no question of taking my papers back,” Shah told Hindustan Times on Monday.
Alleging bias in terms of poor development and indifferent attitude of the state leadership, Shah had submitted his resignation to assembly speaker Kuldeep Sharma at his Karnal residence.
Shah confirmed that neither chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was here to attend the Iftar party on Sunday evening, nor Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) chief Phool Chand Mullana had contacted him.
“Even if they call me, I will tell them what I have already informed the media. There is no development in Panipat and the official machinery is an obstacle,” he said.
At a press conference called by Shah on Sunday night, he had alleged that the district was deprived of development activities.
“On several public platforms, I had urged the chief minister to plan Panipat's development on the lines of Gurgaon, but he had not tried to shape a bit of what is happening in Rohtak. This is what forced me to quit the assembly,” he had told reporters on Sunday night.
A large open drain flowing through the town is one of the major issues that need immediate attention, but the indifferent state leadership, as Shah alleged, had done nothing to sort out the problem.
“I am raising the issue, which is leading to unhygienic conditions and pollution in the city, for the past several years. The state agencies had announced a plan to solve the problem in 2008, but till date only drawing work has been prepared,” he said.
Dig at media
Taking a dig at the media, Shah on Monday alleged that some people were playing in the hands of state politicians to colour him as a communal person.
He vehemently refuted report published in an English newspaper that Shah was against Hooda's decision to host an Iftar party in Panipat as it might adversely affect the party votes in the area.
“It is a derogatory comment on me. During my public life spanning more than three decades, no one has ever leveled such serious allegations against me,” he added.