INLD, Congress slam Haryana govt
Reacting sharply over spying on Haryana health minister Anil Vij, the opposition parties, including the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Congress on Saturday slammed the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government and said bickering within the government was evident now.
Senior INLD leader Abhay Chautala, who is also the leader of opposition in the state assembly, said it was a serious issue if the chief minister was misusing criminal investigation department (CID) for spying on his ministers.
Referring to the health minister’s allegations, he told newspersons here that not only the minister of the ruling party but leaders of the opposition parties were also becoming victim of spying as the CID was tracking their telephone calls.
Alleging that the same had been done by the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government, Abhay said there had been continuous difference of opinion between Khattar and some of his ministers since the first BJP government assumed power in Haryana.
To another question, Abhay said Vij was an honest person, but if Khattar does not have faith in his cabinet colleagues, how would the government work? “If the CM does not trust Vij, he should remove him from his cabinet instead of spying on him, he added.
Meanwhile, Congress state president Ashok Tanwar said the spying episode was another example of mis-governance by BJP in the state. “It’s shocking that BJP’s own minister is accusing his government of spying on him. It means there is something wrong in the government and it corroborates what the Congress had been highlighting,” he said.
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