Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has demanded a compensation of `20,000 per acre for the state farmers, who have lost their crop due to untimely rain and hailstorm.
"The BJP governments at the Centre and in the state
must immediately provide compensation to the affected farmers in the state," Hooda said while talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a function organised to mark the 14th foundation day of the Jat Bhawan here.
Regarding today's visit of Union minister for consumers affairs Ram Vilas Paswan and minister of state for agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan to Chandigarh to assess the crop
loss, Hooda said, "They should go to the farmers instead of going to Chandigarh. This shows how serious is the NDA government about the farmers issues".
On the issue of Jat reservation, he said, "The ball is in the court of the NDA now. It is up to them to provide reservation to the Jat community".
To a question, Hooda said that he is a now a Congress MLA and organising programmes and rallies in the state as a party worker.
'VICTORY, DEFEAT PART OF POLITICS'
Earlier addressing the gathering at the Jat Bhawan, Hooda said, "In a democracy, victory and defeat are part of politics. Though we lost the assembly elections last year, I am satisfied with my work as the people of Haryana don't criticise me".
He said, "Haryana is a small state and it is difficult to rule such a state for 10 years in a row, but I completed my two terms peacefully. I might have failed to do something good for every Haryanvi, but I am happy that I did not do anything wrong to anybody".
EX-DELHI SPEAKER BATS FOR HOODA
Former speaker of Delhi Assembly Yoganand Shashtri, who attended the function, called the people of Rohtak as "ungrateful" and said, "Hooda had done a lot for Rohtak, but the people of this city did not vote for Congress candidate BB Batra. That's unfair. They should have repaid for the work done by Hooda for Rohtak".
Reacting to Shahstri's remarks, Hooda, however, said, "I accept the decision of the people. I am with my people and will continue my fight for their rights".