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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Hooda rubbishes speculations of change in guard in state

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 21, 2014
First Published: 22:30 IST(21/6/2014) | Last Updated: 22:34 IST(21/6/2014)

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday rubbished the speculations of change in leadership in the state by the Congress high command.

Interacting with newspersons in Sonepat, Hooda denied any such possibility and said that these were just rumours. He said that all sections of society were satisfied with the functioning of his government. With the support and cooperation of the people, the Congress would get overwhelming mandate in the ensuing Vidhan Sabha elections and would form the government for the third consecutive term, he said.

On the question about people of Haryana stranded in Iraq, Hooda said that a round-the-clock helpline had been started where people and their family members or relatives could get information from. Apart from this, he said that he had also written to Union ministry for external affairs, to take urgent steps to rescue the Indians, including residents of Haryana, who had been either stranded or been kidnapped in Iraq.

He criticised the move of NDA government to increase railway passenger fare and freight tariff, saying it was in contrast to the BJP’s pre-poll “achhay din” rhetoric. He said “dekh liya NDA ka khel, mehngi rail mehenga tel (people have seen the NDA game during whose regime oil prices and train fares have gone up). “It is just a beginning and a lot is still to come,” he said.

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