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Every economically weak family will get quota: CM

punjab Updated: Mar 30, 2014 20:55 IST
Sat Singh and Richa Sharma
Gopal Kanda

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday held a road show in Sirsa, Ellenabad, Rania in favour of Congress candidate and sitting Member of Parliament from Sirsa, Ashok Tanwar.

Riding on a 'rath' in Ellenabad, the chief minister said that the sitting INLD MLA had failed to develop the area.

"Chautala family filled their own pockets and it was the Congress party that gave educational institutions to this area," Hooda said.
Taking a dig at the Chautalas, Hooda said that when no other issue worked for them, they started accusing him of sending them to jail.

"Contrary to it, the truth is that it was during the NDA rule that a CBI inquiry was ordered into the JBT recruitments and INLD was part of the NDA. Everybody reaps the fruits of what one sows," he said.

INLD has lost its identity and now to gather public attention, they are lying to the people, he said.

Training guns at the BJP, the CM said that they were fighting elections with borrowed candidates from the Congress.

Hooda said that all important decisions of development were taken by the Congress. "The decision for reservation on economical basic is a vital one, under which Brahmins, Banias, Rajputs and Punjabis, who are economically poor, would get reservation," he said.

He said sitting MP Tanwar was committed to the welfare of the people of his constituency and he had been raising the voice not only in the Parliament but also in Chandigarh.
Earlier, Hooda visited the Congress Bhawan at Begu Road, where he addressed the party workers.

Kanda missing from Hooda road show in Sirsa

Sirsa MLA Gopal Kanda, one-time favourite of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, was missing when the latter reached Sirsa to campaign for sitting MP and Party nominee Ashok Tanwar.

In the past, Hooda had made several appearances for Kanda, who recently got bail after spending nearly 18 months in jail in the Geetika suicide case. Kanda was the home minister in Hooda government before he got embroiled in the controversy.

Kanda, who used to publicly boast of his proximity with Haryana chief minister, slipped to Karnal on Sunday morning to avoid an invitation by chief minister Hooda, who was scheduled to conduct a road show for Tanwar.

Kanda's younger brother Gobind Kanda, who is a state executive member, was also not at home.

"It is not that Kanda has any problem with chief minister Hooda, but he does not want to support Tanwar, with whom he does not share positive vibes," said a Kanda supporter, who handles Kanda's media affairs. Tanwar who is seeking re-election from Sirsa parliamentary constituency, had a spat with Kanda during the Ratia bypoll in 2011 over managing election affairs.

Setia to support Tanwar

Rahul Setia, son-in-law of former Congress MLA from Sirsa LD Arora, who did not share cordial relations with Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar, on Sunday formally announced his support to him in presence of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Setia's wife Sunita Setia aspired to fight from Sirsa. Earlier in the day, chief minister Hooda and MP Tanwar had visited the house of Setias.