In May, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda plans to start a village-level Jan Sampark (public contact) campaign from Jind against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state government.
He told the media on Friday here at his new official residence that the BJP had come to power in Haryana by fluke and failed on all fronts, "on every step to this day". He said it had failed to end the shortage of urea and electricity, and was taking the state backward with each passing day. "It reverted the retirement age of government employees went back on its pension announcement, and didn't give the government employees the promised pay on the Punjab pattern," added the former CM.
"The BJP has done nothing but rename the Congress schemes from 'Nirmal Gram' to 'Swachh Bharat' and from 'Ladli' to 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao'. Its leaders contradict each other and lack coordination," said Hooda, adding: "They blame the Congress for the urea crisis, while chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar says there is no crisis. Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi says he will get water for Delhi from Haryana, while Khattar refuses to part with even a drop. He harps on smooth governance, while health minister Anil Vij says some people dislike his way of functioning."
Anticipating a far worse electricity situation in summer, Hooda said he would take to streets from May against the failures of the state government. "BJP ka to slogan hai, jhooth bolo, kaam kado aur aage niklo'' (The BJP slogan is to lie to people, serve its purpose, and move on)," he said in Haryanvi, adding that in the Delhi elections also, the voters had referred to poor governance in Haryana.
Faith in Gita
Asked if the BJP was trying to saffronise education by introducing the teaching of the Gita in schools, Hooda said he also had faith in the Hindu religious scripture and had no objection to reading it "but no party should politicise a sacred book".
Of horses and races
Reminded of his statement that "there were horses for races and there were horses for marriages", and asked if he still considered himself a racehorse, Hooda said: "Race ka time aane do, race ka ghoda hi race mein jayega (The racehorse will run when the race begins)." He had made the racehorse statement to taunt former Ambala member of Parliament and two-time Union minister Kumari Selja when she had opted to be member of the Rajya Sabha near the last Lok Sabha elections.