The leader of opposition in the Haryana assembly, Abhay Chautala, on Monday called for dismissal of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state for law-and-order failure in the Jat community’s agitation for job reservation, and also blamed former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for fuelling the violence.
Calling for a judicial inquiry into who instigated the violence, Abhay also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the issue. “Why hasn’t he issued a single appeal [for peace]? ...He used to say that Haryana is his second home. It is surprising.”
He added, “Now, Anil Jain (Haryana BJP affairs in-charge) says that a notice has been issued to Raj Kumar Saini (Kurukshetra MP, accused of inflaming the Jat stir through his statements against quota for the community). Instead, a case should be registered against him. BJP and Saini are responsible for all the mayhem. When people used to question BJP leaders over his statements they said it was his personal view.” Abhay also questioned CM Manohar Lal Khattar over issuing a statement that Saini had apologised.
“An assembly session should be called and the BJP should clear its stand on reservations. Innocent people who got killed should be given Rs 25 lakh compensation each and job to the next of kin. The people whose properties were vandalised should also be compensated.”
At the press conference at his Sector-9 residence, Abhay announced that a delegation of his party, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), would submit a memorandum to Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki seeking President’s rule in the state.
He said that a number of movements earlier too had taken place in Haryana but the violence this time was unprecedented.
Citing an audio clip that he claimed had gone viral, he said a person close to Hooda was reportedly manipulating the protests. “It is clear that Hooda incited people to commit violence,” he categorically said, and added that the Congress did “incomplete work” on Jat reservation which the apex court later stalled. He also called for an inquiry into the audio clip.
“Haryana is witnessing this violence, because the BJP promised reservation and is not giving it,” he said. “The CM is silent [on the issue] for three days, only issuing appeals. He should address the press conferences and not the police chief and home secretary. The government should inculcate faith in the people.”
He also blamed Bhiwani BJP leaders for setting a Jat Dharamshala and a petrol pump on fire. “On the other hand, the government is keeping a vigil on us. They are tapping our phones; instead Saini’s phone should be monitored,” he said.