Slamming the opposition parties for their repeated remarks that the ruling BJP government was behind unprecedented violence and loss to lives and properties in Haryana during the recent Jat agitation, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday alleged that the opposition was rattled and hence adopted the “offence is the best defence” policy.
Addressing newspersons here, Khattar said that the truth behind the violence would soon come out as an inquiry committee headed by Prakash Singh, former director general of police (DGP) of Uttar Pradesh, had already started probing the incidents, and, if needed, the option of setting up a judicial inquiry could also be exercised. Since more information is coming out, which would reveal who and how some people are linked with the violence, some opposition leaders are rattled, he said.
Khattar said the inquiry committee would look into all aspects of violence and arrests were being made on the basis of the video and audio clips.
“People have heard the audio clip of Virender, an aide of former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, which had gone viral,” Khattar said and added that police teams had been already been sent to nab Virender against whom arrest warrants had been issued in a sedition case.
“Had Hooda assisted the police, Virender would have already been arrested,” Khattar said.
To a query if there were questions raised on his leadership within BJP, Khattar held that in BJP’s system, the standing of a leader is gauged by people and not by any individuals.
On SYl issue
On a question on Punjab leaders’ remarks that not even a drop of water would be given to Haryana, Khattar said Haryana was demanding passage for its own share of water from the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal and not Punjab’s share of water. “The water belongs to Haryana and the state would get it,” he added.
The CM said the Supreme Court had accepted the state’s request for early hearing on the Presidential reference in the case, which had been pending for the past 10-12 years.