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BJP won’t contest Haryana panchayat polls: Minister

Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma on Wednesday said that BJP would not contest the coming panchayati elections in the state.

punjab Updated: Sep 10, 2015 11:17 IST
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Haryana education minister,Ram Bilas Sharma,BJP
Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma and INLD leader Abhay Chautala in Sirsa on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma on Wednesday said that BJP would not contest the coming panchayati elections in the state.

Interestingly, Sharma made the announcement while talking to mediapersons at the residence of leader of Opposition in state assembly and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Chautala in Sirsa.

Sharma was in Sirsa to attend several programmes after cancellation of the scheduled visit of state governor Kaptan Singh Solani due to health problem. Sharma and other BJP leaders were given a warm welcome at Chautala’s house.

The minister said that it was the house of former deputy prime minister Devi Lal and he had very good relations with him.

On BJP-INLD alliance in future

Asked if there was a possibility of an alliance between the BJP and the INLD in future, Sharma said, “Politics is a game of possibilities. Both parties (BJP and INLD) have always fought against the Congress.

The minister said that the state government would conduct girdawari of the damaged cotton crop due to whitefly attack in the state from September 15 to October 15.

“I will assure the farmers of the state that the government will provide adequate compensation to those who have lost their crops,” he added.

Talking about the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Sharma said that it was the world’s most ancient social service organisation and had been working on the Hindutva agenda in 147 countries of the world.

Sharma said the state government would soon set up new departments of Sanskrit and Punjabi languages in Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa.

Sharma later inaugurated a new hospital in the town and planted a sapling at CDLU campus while attending a seminar in the university.

INLD to contest zila parishad polls on party symbol: Abhay

Meanwhile, Abhay Chautala slammed the BJP for allegedly running away from the Panchayati polls. He was addressing a meeting of INLD MLAs and party workers at his residence after the departure of education minister Ram Bilas Sharma.

Chautala said that the BJP’s decision not to contest the polls clearly showed that the party was afraid of facing the people of state who were fed up of them.

Chautala said the INLD would not fight the panchayati polls on the party symbol but will authorise the candidates on its behalf.

The party would fight the zila parishad elections on the party symbol, he said and added that INLD had formed a nine-member committee to choose candidates for the elections.

First Published: Sep 10, 2015 11:03 IST