Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda knows how to stay politically relevant against all odds in the state politics. Irrespective of observations made by his political friends or foes, he does only what he thinks is the best thing to be done. Even when he was in power, he used to embark upon yatras or series of meetings to interact with the people about the performance of his government. After losing power, he undertook such yatras earlier to expose the BJP regime in the state under the leadership of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Now former Chief Minister has decided to embark upon Jago Haryana campaign which is aimed at educating people about alleged failure of the BJP government on all fronts. It is true that the current regime is struggling hard to find ways to fulfil not only the promises made in the election manifesto, but also in giving the impression that the current regime has complete command over the administration.
No doubt, Khattar government had started with a bang by ordering inquiry into all appointments made during the Congress regime and key decisions and many of which were reversed by the new regime as well. People also liked the decision to take back the largesse doled out to top retiring beaurocrats by Hooda at the fag-end of his tenure, but they have started feeling differently now. Hooda, an astute politician, is also dept at finding reasonably ‘convincing faults’ with the government which goes down well with the masses too. Talking to media persons in Chandigarh on Sunday, Hooda was confident in stating that the current BJP regime in the state is anti-people and gave several instances to bring home his point. He said how senior citizens were being harassed in getting pension amount.
During his time, Hooda said, bed-ridden seniors used to get pension at their door steps, but now they have to go to banks to get the money. He also bemoaned the fact that during the Congress’ 10-year rule, as many as 3.80 lakh plots were given to the poor, but not even a single plot has been allotted to them during the current regime. He also claimed that nearly 30,000 jobs have been taken back from the people ever since the BJP formed the government in the state under the leadership of Khattar. It is true that every government in a democratic set-up believes more in providing people with ‘clutches’ than making them self-reliant by empowering them through different tools. It seems the government in Haryana is not an exception.
Whether the Congress or the BJP, every government seems to be busy extending facilities but without fixing responsibility at the level of those who have to ensure their implementation and setting the criteria for those who wish to avail these facilities. It is free for all kinds of approach, where the tax payers’ money is disbursed among the poor in the name of welfare schemes, but benefits of which rarely reach them. In Haryana, governance has always been a challenging task not in terms of performance at the grassroots level and keeping people happy in one way or the other. It is being said that when Chaudhary Bansi Lal was the state’s chief minister, he worked with entirely different vision and gave many important projects and institutions to the state.
Bhajan Lal, being a non-Jat chief minister, focussed not only on governance, but also on responding to the aspirations of non-Jats. It is also said that Om Prakash Chautala ruled the state with a vision where he was worried not only about the state’s overall development but also laid extra emphasis on the development of his political turf, comprising Hisar, Sirsa and other neighbouring districts. It is just a coincidence that Hood also faced identical charges when his ‘foes’ within and without the Congress accused him of carrying a lopsided development agenda. He was envied by others for giving many projects to Rohtak and Sonepat. However, what was commonly promoted and protected by most of chief ministers was the empowerment of Jats, who are the most powerful community of the state.
Even during the rule of non-Jat chief ministers, Jats did not feel the pinch. Now when Khattar is at the helm of affairs, many argue that Jats are feeling deprived of privileges of staying in close proximity of powers. Therefore, the real challenge before top politicians of Haryana does not lie in criticising each other but to ensure that their state emerges as a role model for others. Jago Haryana type move can go a long way in achieving greater goals. INLD, another important political player of the state, is organising rallies to heal multiple wounds caused during the violent Jat stir. The loss has been quite huge. Many precious lives were lost and properties worth Rs 34,000 crore, as has been estimated by independent bodies, were destroyed during stir. The spirit of brotherhood has been ripped apart, a loss which cannot be compensated without restoring old bonhomie, if possible, among communities in the state. People of Haryana must wake up and take care of their great legacy!
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