Inexperienced Khattar govt failing on all fronts: Choudhry

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Dec 17, 2014 19:07 IST

Leader of Haryana Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Kiran Choudhry on Wednesday said the "inexperienced" Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had created chaos in the state.

Addressing a press conference at Jat Dharamshala here, Choudhry said while farmers were ruing non-availability of urea and fertilisers, the state government had failed to redress the issue.

Owing to large-scale hoarding for agriculture-related items, farmers in Hisar were observing fast for the last three months but the Khattar government had taken an insensitive stance towards their demands, she said.

"As the Haryana government says fertilisers and urea would now be distributed among farmers at respective police stations, it exposes the shallow claims of governance of the BJP. There is an utter chaos in the Haryana government and it has failed miserably on all fronts," she said.

Choudhry, a former minister, and state Congress president Ashok Tanwar were in the city to address a workers' meeting.

Choudhry told mediapersons that the BJP had promised to implement the Swaminathan commission report and fixing old-age pension at `2,000 but it had failed to so.

She said the Congress would play the role of a responsible opposition and would support the proposal of a medical university in a Karnal village to be named after late NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla.

However, launching a scathing attack at the BJP, she said the saffron party was an event management party where the interests of poor and government employees were being compromised.

"Now, the BJP is making an excuse that poor financial condition had stopped the government from increasing the old-age pension. But did it ever mention in its election manifesto that the pension scheme would be subject to the fiscal position? Similarly, it is moving contrary to another important poll promises of implementing Swaminathan panel report," she said while criticising the BJP government on reducing retirement age from 60 to 58.

State Congress president Ashok Tanwar said the Khattar government was a council of confused ministers who were not even aware about their own ministries.

"The Congress government had started the project of Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College and sufficient amount was spent from the state exchequer on the ambitious project in Karnal. But now health minister Anil Vij is saying that his department was not aware if a medical college was being built here," he said.

Tanwar demanded a uniform policy on toll tax on various highways to benefit residents who live in the vicinity of such road users' collection points.

'Hooda is our leader'

Underplaying an incident in Hisar on Tuesday where factions of the Congress had clashed at a party workers' meet, CLP leader Kiran Choudhry and state Congress chief Ashok Tanwar said former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was their "respectable leader".

"Whatever happened in Hisar was handiwork of certain unscrupulous elements from outside. However, a couple of Congress leaders were also involved in the unwanted development and such elements would automatically be sidelined in the party activities," said Tanwar.

Choudhry said there was no question on the leadership of former chief minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the ongoing series of meetings was aimed at boosting the morale of the party workers and enrolling new members into the Congress.

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