Khattar cautions leaders against influencing officials

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Nov 10, 2014 08:21 IST

Taking a different political line to ensure official functioning free from any undue influence, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has cautioned the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) workers against trying to interfere in the working of government officials.

Addressing a workers’ meeting here on Saturday evening, Khattar said the party workers must not take it as their right to dictate terms to the officials for any work.

“I respect sentiments of Gharaunda legislator Harvinder Kalyan that party workers should be accorded due respect by the administration. But we have to know our limits and act with discipline. Aisa bilkul na ho ke karyakarta sochne lag ke adhikarion ko kaha jaye ke hum satta paksha se hain, hamara khayal rakha jaye,” said Khattar while affirming no-nonsense approach in governance.

A political turncoat, Kalyan had joined the saffron party before the recent assembly elections after changing three different political parties namely the Congress, Haryana Janhit Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the last seven years.

In the last 10 years of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress regime, the issue of “special attention” to the Congress leaders by the officials was always taken up in the official meetings.

Top Congress leaders from various public platforms had also supported the demand of their workers and often criticised bureaucrats for not giving “due respect” to the party leaders.

Political observers said even the Indian National Lok Dal was of the view that “recommendations” by party leaders should be given priority by the officials.

However, Khattar appealed to the BJP supporters to desist from misusing power of governance.

“I have come across people who had an opinion that since our party has assumed power, the BJP leaders have a liberty to do anything as per their will. Pichhli sarkaren bhi to yahi sab kar rahin thin. Agar hume bhi aisa hi karna hai to phir antar kahan rahega,” he said.

Khattar said as the BJP would start a membership enrolment drive from Monday, people should keep in mind that joining a party that is in power would not entitle them to any undue benefits from the state government.

“Commitment to social cause, governance and discipline are core values of the BJP and these would be pursued at all costs,” he said.

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