Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday said the Manohar Lal Khattar government in the state was indulging in political vendetta.
Speaking to HT, the former CM said registration of a criminal case against him by the Haryana Vigilance Bureau in the matter pertaining to allotment of HUDA industrial plots in Panchkula amply proved his point.
“The BJP government has miserably failed on all fronts and stands exposed during its very first year in power. The paddy and girdawari scam has not helped their cause. They just want to divert the attention of the masses by resorting to such tactics,” Hooda said in reply to a question.
The former CM maintained that everything was done as per law and on merit while making allotment of industrial plots in Panchkula. “The allotment was done by a committee and not by the chief minister,” he said. When asked about the tweaking of criteria at the level of the chief minister, Hooda reiterated that everything was done as per the rules.
The two-time Congress CM said the tearing hurry shown by the Khattar government in ordering registration of a criminal case against him despite the fact that a petition in this regard was pending before the Punjab and Haryana high court showed the intent of the BJP government.
“They could have very well waited for the decision of the high court. When the HC is hearing the petition, then why the rush to slap a criminal case against me. This shows political vendetta,’’ he said.
Hooda said: “By overruling the then director general, vigilance bureau, who had suggested a deeper probe into the matter before registration of a criminal case, the BJP government has further substantiated my argument of vendetta. I was never even called for questioning by the vigilance bureau during the investigations while all other persons involved in the process were quizzed and their statements were recorded,” the former chief minister said.