“Khattar Government Has Completely Lost People’s Faith”: Bhupinder Singh Hooda

“This government has completely lost the people’s faith. These leaders can’t get into their own villages,” Mr Hooda said during discussion on trust vote.

On Wednesday, the Haryana legislative assembly took up for discussion a no-confidence motion moved against the M L Khattar government.

Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the leader of opposition, rose to speak in the House. “We move a motion against Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister. This government is not a government of majority. It didn’t get majority in 2019. Rather, it got the support of another party. The party, JJP, that wanted to throw the BJP out of power, is now sitting with the government,” Mr Hooda said, the Indian Express reported.

“This government has completely lost the people’s faith. These leaders can’t get into their own villages. They just keep flying around in helicopters that can’t land. The Chief Minister couldn’t even go to Panipat to unfurl the national flag on January 26. He had to fly to Panchkula. This is the condition of this government today,” Mr Hooda added, referring to the incident that happened on Republic day, when CM Khattar had to change the location for unfurling of the flag as the farm law protestors gathered in huge numbers at the planned location.

Mr Hooda also took on the government over farmers’ protest. The farmers who have died at Delhi’s borders should be given the status of martyrs, he stressed.

“JJP’s manifesto mentioned that 10 per cent bonus shall be given on crop procurement. Neither a law was framed nor was a bonus given. The BJP’s manifesto ensured double income for farmers and a MSP guarantee… With taxes being imposed on pesticides and fertilizers, expenditure incurred by farmers increasing manifold, and diesel prices increasing, how will you double farmers’ income?” Mr Hooda asked.

“I don’t want to talk about the farm legislations because it will be said that it is a central subject. But I am pained to see farmers sitting on roads at Delhi’s borders. These are farmers from everywhere, all states. Nobody blocked traffic, yet government used force on them, water canons, lathi charge, iron rods were used to hit farmers. The goverment must remember that even iron rods can’t break a farmer’s head,” he further said.

He also targetted the Khattar government over unemployment in the state.

“Unemployment is the highest in Haryana. In 2015, you promised 4 lakh jobs and investments over Rs 1 lakh crore… How much has come in? Investment of Rs 24,000 crore and 32,030 jobs,” Mr Hooda said, adding, “I would advise the government to take its fake promises with it, cause they would need it in the next polls too.”

He concluded his speech by telling Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala that he is not talking about the last five years, but conditions in the last year. “You have majority, you will raise your hands and prove it. But, you show me if you can dare to go to your own constituencies… I would urge the Speaker to decide the motion by way of secret voting, not through Whips,” he said.



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