Reacting to BJP’s Kurukshetra MP Raj Kumar Saini’s repeated anti-Jat statements, Union rural development minister Birender Singh on Sunday asked Saini to refrain from making statements against a particular community as these can create social tension in society.
“Leaders should hesitate from making statements against a particular community. Such irresponsible statements are against the culture of Haryana and can create tension”, said Birender, a Jat leader, while talking to mediapersons here after inaugurating a ‘Chaupal marathon’ organised by the Kamera Varg Sangathan and Chaupal, an NGO.
Extending support to the demand for reservation by the members of Jat community, he said, “Since other communities, including Saini, Gurjar and Yadav, are already enjoying reservation benefits, what is wrong if Jats will also get these benefits.”
He added, “In my view, fighting for one’s rights is not wrong. It is appreciable that the Jats are struggling for their rights.”
SLAMS HOODA FOR ‘ILLEGAL’ LAND DEALS
Accusing former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of irregularities in granting change of land use (CLU) certificates under the previous Congress regime, Birender demanded that such irregularities be probed by the present Haryana government.
“During the 10-year rule of the previous government, only builders, developers and property agents were benefited. The Hooda government had acquired 20,000 acres of land in the state for the benefit of industrialists and 194 CLUs were given for 4,000 acres,” he said.
Reacting to Punjab Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal’s allegation that the Congress was in collusion with separatists in Punjab for electoral gains, Birender said, “The people of Punjab are brave and nobody can doubt their patriotism. Leaders of political parties have a big responsibility and they should work to maintain peace and harmony in the country.”
TAKES DIG AT KEJRIWAL
Taking a dig at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, he said, “At times, Kejriwal raises voice against corruption, but he does not hesitate to hug former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav”
Earlier, addressing the participants of Chaupal marathon at Baiyanpur village of Sonepat district, Birender said that it was necessary to have better connectivity for all-round development and progress of the society.
He appreciated the efforts being made by NGO Chaupal in looking after the health care of the people. He said such bodies should contribute as a link between the government and Indian Medical Association (IMA) to provide the best possible medical care in villages.
Raising the issue of auditing of records of NGOs, he said there were around 34 lakh NGOs working in different areas with various missions in the country, but hardly 80,000 of them submit their accounts to the government for auditing.