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Letter war erupts over Gurgaon MLA’s opposition to Haryana CM

Haryana BJP leaders supporting and opposing Gurgaon MLA Umesh Aggarwal have written letters to the party leadership

gurgaon Updated: Apr 19, 2017 23:22 IST
Rashpal Singh
Rashpal Singh
Hindustan Times
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Rewar MLA Randhir Singh Kapriwas talks to the media after his meeting with MLA Umesh Aggarwal on Wednesday.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

A war of letters has erupted in the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) following local MLA Umesh Aggarwal’s consistent attacks in the past few months on chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and the functioning of the state government.

On Monday, a group of block-level leaders wrote to the state leadership and the BJP high command alleging that Aggarwal had various vested interests and he has been speaking against the CM and the state leadership because some of his requests were denied by the local administration.

Following this, on Tuesday another group of local leaders, backing Aggarwal, shot off a letter to party president Amit Shah stating that the MLA was working for the local residents and he spoke out only because the state government was not paying attention to local issues. On Wednesday, five state MLAs also met at Aggarwal’s residence and assured him of their support.

Aggarwal had on Saturday launched an acerbic attack against Khattar when he was on a visit to the city to review various development projects. Local MLAs were not told of his visit and Aggarwal had alleged that the state was suffering for last two and half years as Khattar was not meeting the expectations of the public.

On Tuesday, an FIR was filed against Aggarwal’s brother and nephew at Ganaur police station in Sonepat district regarding a case of fraud regarding land and cheating. Calling the FIR a “conspiracy”, he said, “These are tactics of the government to suppress my voice... The government wants to divert attention from corruption and issues of development raised by me.” He said that he has also told state party in-charge and national general secretary Anil Jain about him being “targeted” by the government.

He also held a meeting at his residence on Wednesday with Rewari MLA Randhir Singh Kapriwas, Pataudi MLA Vimla Chaudhary, Narnaul MLA Om Prakash Yadav , Kosli MLA Vikram Singh Thekedar and Mullana MLA Santosh Sarwan.

Earlier in February and March, around a dozen MLAs, including Aggarwal, had expressed anger against the state government and the CM.

However, dismissing Aggarwal’s stand, GL Sharma, BJP leader and chairman of Haryana dairy development cooperative federation said, “He (Aggarwal) has some vested interests in the city that were harmed because the administration refused to engage in wrongdoings. When the administration denied land registries on an illegal plot, the MLA targeted the former deputy commissioner and even the CM.”

Kulbhushan Bhardwaj, former district president of Gurgaon BJP, said Aggarwal wanted to blackmail the government for his vested interests and he was not interested in raising issues of the public.

First Published: Apr 19, 2017 23:22 IST