In a move to woo the disgruntled party workers, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has announced that if voted to power again, the party would raise an army of two-lakh Congressmen to keep a watch on the bureaucracy.
Addressing Congress workers at the new grain market on Thursday, the CM said that as per his knowledge a section of lower rung officials did not work efficiently to implement government’s welfare and development policies.
Hooda said that the party had already started registering committed workers who had firm faith in the policies of the Congress. He said the brigade would be made an active participant in the government if the party came to power for the third consecutive term.
“Party workers often complain to me about the inefficiency of a section of government officials. Aap log Congress to mazboot karo. Inki (inefficient government officials) punchhar to mein aap ke hath mein de doonga,” said Hooda.
“Left governments in West Bengal, Kerala and Akalis in Punjab had experimented with involving party activists in the governance and Hooda’s move in nothing but to woo the Congressmen who crave for ‘chaudhar’,” said an observer, who did not want to be identified.
‘BJP GOT UNDUE ADVANTAGE IN POLLS’
The chief minister said that the BJP got undue advantage in the elections as the electronic media had created a ‘larger than life’ image of Narendra Modi.
On the Modi government’s policies, he said, “Within a month after assuming power, the Modi government proved its anti-people face. The Centre was about to abolish subsidies on various items and it would severely hit the farming community.”
Hooda said that after the highest ever hike in the train fares, prices of sugar and vegetables have also increased.
Later, at a press conference, Hooda urged the Centre to implement Swaminathan Committee Report on agricultural reforms.
He avoided questions on a separate gurdwara prabandhak committee for Haryana.
‘GUJJAR LYING ON HARYANA PROJECT’
The CM said minister of state for surface transport, highways and shipping, Krishan Pal Gujjar, was giving false information about highway projects in Haryana. “Four-laning of Panchkula-Yamunanagar highway was cleared by the United Progressive Allaince government and its work tenders would be opened on Friday. Contrary to Gujjar’s statement, Haryana does not levy road use tax on the state highways”.
TANWAR TELLS WORKERS TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA
Addressing the party workers earlier, the state Congress president Ashok Tanwar attributed electoral defeat of the party to the poor publicity of the welfare and development programmes of the state government. He urged the party leaders to make use of social media to promote the party and its achievements.