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Four of family murdered
Ad hoc teachers rally on Feb
Cong to complete SYL canal: Hooda
Traders call on MP
Over 10 pledge to donate eyes
sabhas from today
CM lobbying for PMs
GURGAON, Feb 6 The Haryana Chief Minister and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo, Mr Om Prakash Chautala is lobbying for Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayees early visit to the State.
According to sources, Mr Chautala wants Mr Vajpayee to address his first election rally in Haryana at Palwal on February 11.There are indications that Mr Vajpayee will visit Palwal on February 11. Mr Devender Singh Chauhan is the INLD nominee from Palwal.
There is also a move to bring Narnaul in South Haryana,where the BJPs state leader Mr Kailash Sharma is the party nominee,in the itinerary of Mr Vajpayee.
The sources said Palwal was chosen as the venue for Mr Vajpayees first visit in the State to Mr Karan Dalal who represented the seat in the Vidhan Sabha. He is also in the fray as the candidate of the Republican Party of India. He was denied ticket by the BJP.
Mr Dalal had joined the BJP after he had quit the HVP following a split in the party.The split in the HVP had led to the fall of the Bansi Lal Government.
Palwal topped the list of the few seats on which the INLD and the BJP had sharp differences. There was a stalemate between the two parties when Mr Chautala announced the candidature of Mr Devender Singh Chauhan. However, the BJP gave up the claim over the seat due to the tough stand of Mr Chautala.
Significantly, while the negotiations for the Palwal seat were on between the INLD and the BJP, Mr Chautala addressed a public meeting in Palwal and made certain comments about Mr Dalal and questioned his popularity. In retaliation, Mr Dalal challenged Mr Chautala to contest election against him in Palwal. Incidentally, while all the senior leaders of the BJP kept silent in the face of provocation from Mr Chautala,Mr Dalal dared him to contest against him.
According to observers, Mr Dalal is a member from the Jat community and is considered to be a popular leader in the state, especially among the youth. It may be recalled that he was one of the leaders involved in splitting the HVP. His name was in the reckoning for the post of Chief Minister after the fall of the Bansi Lal Government.
The political observes further say that in the light of earlier public posturings, it would be a loss of face to the INLD leadership if Mr Dalal won from Palwal.Also,if he wins,the decision of the BJP to deny him the ticket will be questioned within the party.
Moreover, the first election related rally being addressed by Mr Vajpayee in favour of the INLD nominee would send a strong message across the Haryana unit of the BJP of Mr Chautalas apparent hold on the Prime Minister.Mr Chautala has always thumbed his nose at the state unit of the BJP and claimed his better relationship with Mr Vajpayee than any of its leaders. Although the leaders of the two parties do not own in public, it is an open secret that a lot of bad blood has been generated between a section of the BJP and the lNLD leadership,especially after the dissolution of the State Assembly.
The general impression
in the State unit of the BJP is that Mr Chautala had a
role to play in denying the partys state leader and
a heavyweight, Mr Sitaram Singla, a ticket from Gurgaon.
Mr Chautala had once stated that Mr Singla could not win
the Gurgaon seat. Of special significance is the fact
that Mr Singla represented those leaders in the BJP who
had been pleading against having an alliance with the
INLD for the Assembly elections. Also, Prof Ram Bilas
Sharma shifted his traditional Mahenderagarh seat and was
now contesting from Ballabgarh. In his case also the
general impression is that Mr Chautala was against him
and the INLD vote bank in Mahenderagarh would not vote in
his favour. In such a scenario the INLD leadership was
not sure of the wholehog support of the BJP cadre to the
INLD nominees.Hence, Mr Vajpayee addressing his first
election related rally in favour of the INLD nominee was
anticipated to send a message to the BJP workers.
Outsider versus Bhajan
MANDI ADAMPUR (Hisar), Feb 6 It is Lal versus Lal here. One is a familiar figure while another is an outsider. But the later is confident he will upset his rivals applecart.
In this predominantly rural Assembly segment, considered to be the "fiefdom" of former Chief Minister and Congress stalwart Bhajan Lal, the BJP appears to have found a suitable match" for the Congress heavyweight in Prof Ganeshi Lal who served as a minister in the Bansi Lal government.
Prof Ganeshi Lal has been picked up from Sirsa, which he represented in the dissolved House.
A fiery orator who claims himself to be more of a "swayamsevak" than a partyman, Prof Ganeshi Lal is known for upset victories. In 1996, he defeated Mr Lachhman Dass Arora in Sirsa by a comfortable margin. It was an incredible feat. Prof Ganeshi Lal claims: "The same will be repeated here".
He scoffs at observations that he has been made another Sushma Swaraj whose political career has been virtually sealed after her defeat in Bellary at the hands of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
"It needs brave persons to challenge the mighty and Sushma ji accepted the challenge at the partys direction. So did I", the BJP leader explains, adding "I feel proud and elated that the party considered me capable of taking on Mr Bhajan Lal".
He admits Mr Bhajan Lal is a strong candidate, but, "definitely not invincible".
He is confident of the support of INLD cadres, particularly its leader Om Prakash Chautala. Mr Chautala was reportedly against his nomination from Sirsa.
Prof Ganeshi Lal says the myth of Mr Bhajan Lals invincibility has already been exploded.
He cites the example of the last parliamentary elections when the INLD candidate, Mr Ajay Chautala, polled more than 50,000 votes from Mandi Adampur, despite instructions from Mr Bhajan Lal to the voters to vote for Mr Dharamvir, the Congress candidate.
The BJP leader feels the voters of Mandi Adampur are "politically conscious".
Mr Bhajan Lal is not taking things lightly. While his supporters are confident about their leaders prospects from here, he continues to devote the maximum time to this constituency. Along with, his younger son Kuldeep Bishnoi and wife Jasma Devi, he has started making rounds of the constituency.
Perhaps it was sheer
over-confidence during the Lok Sabha elections which made
the father and the son eat a humble pie. While Mr Kuldeep
Bishnoi had declared he would quit politics, Mr Bhajan
Lal had declared he would make Mr Chautala his guru if Mr
Ajay Chautala polled more votes than the Congress
candidate from here. Mr Ajay Chautala polled over 20,000
votes more than the Congress candidate.
Third front in Haryana
AMBALA, Feb 6 A political front consisting of various political parties, except the Congress, the BJP-INLD combine and the Left, today came together and announced a common minimum programme as their poll manifesto for the Haryana assembly elections.
Being touted as the Third Front, the parties which are part of this front include the Samajwadi Party (National), the All-India Shiromani Akali Dal, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Haryana, the National Congress Party, the All-India Punjabi Naujawan Sabha, the Haryana Pichadi Janata Party and the All-India Farmers Coordination Committee.
The front members today held a meeting here to decide the candidates they would support. Incidentally, the front has already decided to support the Bahujan Samaj Party candidates even though the BSP is yet to join the front.
Later talking to newspersons, the General Secretary of the Haryana unit of the All-India Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Kartar Singh Takkar, said that their combined poll manifesto proposed a reasonable minimum amount of payment to labourers and a support price for farmers. We want that there will be subsidy on food items for the poor. Also, we feel that the minimum reasonable payment for a labourer should be near the pay of a police constable or an Army soldier, he said.
He said that if the Third Front came to power, it would waive the outstanding loans of small shopkeepers, poor labourers and farmers which were the result of the wrong policies of the government. The SYL canal issue would be a priority area for us, he added.
The poll manifesto included a corruption-free Haryana and the actual practice of the Punjabi as the second language in all spheres of life. Punjabi as the second language is not being actually practised, so we will ensure that the language is used for all purposes, he said.
Mr Prem Singh Dahiya, All-India Farmers Coordination Committee chief, said that the Third Front would oppose the BJP-INLD combine and the Congress.
Among others who
attended the meeting were Mr Chanda Singh, Mr Prem Singh
Dahiya, Mr Shyam Singh Rana, Mr Kartar Singh Thakkar, Mr
Sukhjit Singh, Mr Joga Singh, Mr Balwinder Singh, Mr
Chaman Sidhwal, Mr Vinay Kumar, Mr Jitender Pal Singh and
Mr Harpal Singh Pali.
Alliance will 'repeat' LS
CHANDIGARH, Feb 6 The Haryana Chief Minister and INLD President, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, has asserted that the INLD-BJP alliance will repeat its performance of the 1999 Lok Sabha elections when it established lead over its rivals in 85 of the 90 Assembly segments.
Talking to newsmen here last night Mr Chautala said his party had no political alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) when it was pointed out to him that certain Akali candidates had filed their papers. He claimed that INLD had given due representation to the Sikhs in Haryana. Similarly, the INLD-BJP alliance had nominated nine women for the coming elections.
Mr Chautala said the BJP had never demanded the post of Deputy Chief Minister, which was not there in the Constitution. He admitted that his father, Mr Devi Lal, had been a Deputy Prime Minister himself and had appointed two Deputy Chief Ministers in his Cabinet. "It is the prerogative of the Chief Minister," he added.
The INLD was not concerned about the Gujarat Government's decision to allow its employees to take part in the RSS activities. It was an internal matter of the BJP and the INLD would not interfere in it.
Poll papers of 10 cancelled
SIRSA, Feb 6 Ten of the total 62 nominations filed from five assemblies in the districts for the coming Vidhan Sabha elections have been cancelled.
According to information received, prominent among these whose nominations have been cancelled are Mr Bharat Lal, (HVP) and Mr Bhura Singh (BSP) from Rori.
Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) received a jolt on Sunday when
its prominent leader and zila parishad member, Mr
Subesingharya, resigned from the party and joined the
Congress in the presence of Mr Bhajan Lal. Mr Arya
expressed faith in the leadership of Mr Bhajan Lal.
Follow model code, candidates
AMBALA, Feb 6 The District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, Mr Ram Niwas, has asked the candidates contesting Assembly elections from the Ambala City, Ambala cantonment, Mulana, Naraingarh and Naggal constituencies to follow the Model Code of Conduct as directed by the Election Commission.
In a press note here yesterday, Mr Niwas said that the candidates would not be allowed to hold public meetings and use the public address system without the prior permission of the SDM concerned or the Electoral Officer of the constituency. He said that some specific places had been identified where they could hold rallies.
Every candidate had to submit his election campaign expenses twice in the week in the election office and maintain a register in his election office in which the expenses occurred daily should be entered.
He stated that during the election campaign, the candidates can not use more than three vehicles at a time and submit the details of the vehicles being used. He said that legal action would be taken against the candidates putting posters or other publicity materials on public property.
He said that the liquor shops in the district would remain closed from February 20 to 22 and February 25 to 26.
Claim on chief ministership
AMBALA, Feb 6 Mr Nirmal Singh, former President of the State Youth Congress, who is contesting the elections from the Naggal Constituency, while reacting to the statement of former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal saying that he would be the Chief Minister if the Congress gets the majority, said that no such decision had been made.
He disclosed that party President Sonia Gandhi had assured that if the Congress came into power in Haryana, the party MLAs would choose the CM.
Mr Nirmal Singh said several BSP leaders of his constituency, including Mr Bhag Singh, Mr Bajinder Singh and Mr Surender Singh, would support him.
Meanwhile, Mr Arjun Lal
Kalra, senior leader of the District Congress, said his
wife Usha Kalra, Sarpanch from Nanyola village, supported
Mr Nirmal Singh. Earlier, the INLD had claimed that the
entire Panchayat of Nanoyala had decided to support its
Bhajan lambasts BJP, Chautala
PANCHKULA, Feb 6 The Congress manifesto, likely to be out in a couple of days, will have something for all sections of society and the construction of the Ghaggar dam will be given priority. This was stated by Mr Bhajan Lal, a former Chief Minister of Haryana, while addressing a press conference after the inauguration of the election office of the Congress in Sector 15 here today.
He said employees, which formed a majority of the population in the Kalka constituency, had been ignored by the governments led by Mr Bansi Lal and Mr Om Prakash Chautala. His party would watch their interests if it was voted to power, he claimed.
He lambasted the Chautala government for doling out promises without any thought to the implementation of development works. "He has misled the public into believing that his government had, in its short stint, given a facelift to the state by giving a nod to various plans. The ground reality is that none of these have been implemented," he added.
Mr Bhajan Lal came down heavily on the Bharatiya Janata Party and said the evils of the Bansi Lal government could easily be attributed to the activities of this party. "They supported him in all that went against the interests of the state," he said.
Replying to a question on the inability of the Congress party to project a chief ministerial candidate, Mr Bhajan Lal said it hardly made a difference to the image of the party. "Projecting Mr Om Prakash Chautala as the next Chief Minister would in no way give an edge to the BJP-INLD alliance. The people are tired of previous governments and will vote the Congress back to power. The image of the Congress and the development and progress during their regime, with or without a chief ministerial candidate, will see the party through," he claimed.
Replying to whether he had recently held a meting with Ms Sonia Gandhi, where it was decided that he would be chosen as the Chief Minister in the event of the Congress getting a majority, he said the decision had been left to the high command and the MLAs who would be elected. He added that the party was hopeful of getting nearly 60 of the 90 seats and would comfortably form a government.
On the issue of the image of the Congress taking a drubbing after a revolt by prospective candidates for not being given tickets, he said the demand for party tickets had surpassed all previous records, which only went to show the popularity enjoyed by the party. Such bickerings would have no bearing on the elections, he claimed.
Later he addressed a
public meeting in Sector 17, where the House Owners
Welfare Association pledged its support to the party. He
said the township would be one of its kind in the whole
country and would be a model for other states once the
Congress came back to power and was able to execute its
BJP-INLD manifesto soon:
AMBALA, Feb 6 The combined election manifesto of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Indian National Lok Dal for the assembly elections in Haryana will be released soon.
Talking to newspersons here today, the BJP MP from Ambala, Mr Ratan Lal Kataria, said, "The process of finalisation of the joint poll manifesto is on."
Mr Kataria said that he was given charge of preparing the manifesto on behalf of the BJP. "I have prepared the manifesto and forwarded it to the party high command. The joint manifesto would incorporate the suggestions made both by the BJP as well as the INLD," he said.
He said that the suggestions made by him include the SYL canal issue. "This issue has been hanging fire for several years. We will appeal the Prime Minister to help solve the problem in the same manner in which the Cauvery water dispute was handled," he said.
Among other things, he has suggested that Haryana must have its own Capital. He, however, skirted a query on whether the BJP in Haryana was demanding a separate Capital.
"I have suggested that Haryana must have its own Doordarshan centre so that people all over the country would know our rich Haryanvi culture. Also, transparency in governance is a priority area for us," Mr Kataria said.
He said that for any state to prosper, there are three main criterion. "First is the need for uninterrupted electricity supply. Second is good network of roads and the third is means of transportation. We will be laying stress on these factors," he stated.
The BJP MP observed that the BJP-INLD combine was keen to improve the irrigation system for the farmers. Also, regular cleaning of the water channels is important. "We will improve the medical system and health facilities for the poor would be made available," he said. "There will be stress on social justice," he added.
He pointed out that being an MP from Ambala, he had been raising various issues regarding the area in the Parliament. "The notable among them is the demand for coach factory, oil refinery, and Saha growth centre," he stated.
Ex-minister quits Congress
ROHTAK, Feb 6 (UNI)
Former Haryana Minister of State for Home, Subhas
Batra today resigned from the primary membership of the
Congress in protest against the denial of the party
ticket from Rohtak assembly constituency. He alleged that
the party had deviated from its policies and party ticket
had been given to those persons who had worked against
party candidates in previous elections.
Cong men withdraw
FARIDABAD, Feb 6 District Congress Committee members which had submitted their resignations last week as protest against the decision the state election committee to allot party ticket to Mr A.C. Chaudhry from Faridabad (NIT) assembly constituency have withdrawn their resignations today.
Election observers appointed
HISAR, Feb 6 The Election Commission of India has appointed Mr L. Panigrahi and Mr A. Bhattacharya as General Observers and Mr Sunil Kumar Jha as Expenditure Observer for all six assembly seats of Hisar district.
Mr A.K.Singh, District
Returning Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, said here
today that the observers would reach Hisar on February 16
and would look after the code of conduct of elections
slated for February 22.
Four of family murdered
SONEPAT, Feb 6 Four members of a family, including a woman and her two daughters, were reported to have been murdered with sharp-edged weapons at Jagsi village in Gohana subdivision in the district, according to a report available here today.
The police recovered the bodies of the victims from their locked house yesterday. The victims have been identified as Chand Ram (38), his wife, Prem Kaur (32), and two girls Sita (9) and Mamta (5).
The victim Chand Ram who originally belonged to Sunarian village in Rohtak district had owned a tailoring shop and had been living in the village for the past 15 years in a rented house. Mrs Raj Kala, a sister of Chand Ram, came to the village to hand over an invitation card relating to the marriage of her daughter and found the house locked. She returned and stayed in the house of a neighbour for the night in the village. On the next day, she came back and found the house locked. She became suspicious and informed the owner of the house and the neighbour who arrived and entered the house after breaking the locks. They witnessed the bodies lying in a pool of blood and covered with quilts.
Mrs Kala and other immediately informed the Baroda police station about the murder and lodged an FIR. Mrs Kala named Subhash, brother of the victim Chand Ram, who, she alleged, had murdered his brother.
Ad hoc teachers rally
on Feb 13
ROHTAK, Feb 6 The future of over 6000 teachers working on ad hoc or contract basis in government schools of Haryana continues to hang in balance in view of the elections.
While the Ad Hoc Teachers Association has been making every attempt to draw the attention of various political leaders and voters, it is apprehensive about the job security of ad hoc teachers if the present state government was reelected to power.
According to reports, while the association has announced to hold a state-level dharam rally at Kurukshetra on February 13, some members of the association have reportedly started their involvement in the election campaign to ensure defeat of the INLD and BJP candidates. The association believes that the present attitude of the ruling parties in Haryana was an indication that jobs of about 6,500 ad hoc and contract teachers are insecure.
Some of these teachers have already completed tenure of over four to six years in the same capacity.
The Congress has
announced that it would regularise the services ad hoc
teachers in the state if it came into power after the
assembly poll. It seems that ad hoc teachers and their
sympathisers are in a mood to each the
Chautala government a lesson in coming polls. At least
1000 patwaris selected in 1998, but not called for
training have also raised a banner of protest
against the government
Defacement Act enforced
ROHTAK, Feb 6 The District Magistrate of Rohtak and Jhajjar have imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144, CrPC, in their respective districts in view of the Vidhan Sabha elections scheduled for February 22.
Both District Magistrates have ordered that no candidate or political party would be allowed to use the public address system between 10 pm and 6 am They have also enforced the Defacement of Property Act and prohibited pasting of posters and banners on government or public buildings.
The District Magistrate, Rohtak, said the candidates, if necessary, could write slogans on government or private buildings in rural areas with the permission of the authorities. Defaulters would be dealt with according to the law.
He said a contestant could spend a maximum of Rs 6 lakh from the date of filing of the nomination papers till the polling day. These expenses included the amount spent by the party of the candidate and his or her friends.
He asked the candidates to inform the Returning Officer and the police of the kind and number of vehicles they would use during electioneering.
SONEPAT (FOC): The district and the police administration has made elaborate arrangement to ensure free and fair assembly elections in the six assembly constituencies Baroda (R), Gohana, Kailana, Sonepat, Rai and Rohat of this district.
Senior Superintendent of Police K.P. Singh told mediapersons here on Sunday that as many as 1,030 polling stations had been set up in these constituencies. Of these, 177 polling stations would be set up for weaker sections. At least, 103 polling stations in 20 villages had been identified as hyper sensitive" and another 140 in 40 villages as "sensitive".
The police and paramilitary forces would be deployed in the "hyper sensitive" and "sensitive" polling stations. A police officer would be in charge of each assembly constituency and he would be assisted by an inspector.
The SSP said 33 mobile parties had been constituted for a round-the-clock patrolling and to keep a vigil on the activities of criminals. Moreover, 77 police parties had been formed to check the activities of anti-social elements.
Cong to complete SYL canal:
ROHTAK, Feb 6 Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee President Bhupinder Hooda has said that the remaining portion of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal will be completed to facilitate the flow of Haryana's share of river waters from Punjab if the Congress is voted to power in the ensuing state assembly elections.
Addressing villagers during the one-day tour of his native assembly constituency, Kiloi, in the district today. Mr Hooda said 85 per cent construction work on the SYL canal had already been accomplished during the rule of previous Congress governments in Haryana. Holding Mr Chautala responsible for the delay in the completion of SYL canal, Mr Hooda asserted that only the Congress had the desired will and competence to bring state's share of Ravi-Beas waters with the completion of SYL, the lifeline of Haryana farmers.
The HPCC chief alleged that the state Chief Minister and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo Om Prakash Chautala had "bartered" away the interests of farmers of Haryana at the hands of INLD's alliance partner BJP and Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal for the sake of retaining power. Mr Hooda dubbed as "misleading" the claim of Chautala's outfit being pro-farmer and said the Chief Minister was only indulging in rhetorics while on one hand Mr Chautala had done nothing concrete for the completion of link SYL canal in order to oblige Mr Badal, on the other hand the INLD was supporting the BJP-led coalition government at the Centre which had hiked the prices of diesel and fertilisers directly hitting the farmers, he said.
He alleged that there
was a nexus between Chief Minister Chautala and rice
sheller owners due to which Haryana farmers were
compelled to sell paddy at prices far below the minimum
support price. Even the agencies of the Central
Government did not came to the rescue of state farmers in
Over 10 pledge to donate eyes
AMBALA, Feb 6 More than 10 persons pledged to donate their eyes after their death at a meeting of the District Blindness Control Society at Civil Hospital, here.
According to a press note, the meeting was chaired by the Civil Surgeon, Dr R. K. Patnaik.
Society member Ranjit Gupta said that the society was striving hard to control blindness in the area. Against the target of 910 cataract operations, the society conducted 1,613 operations. During the period April to December last year, 2,253 cataract operations were conducted by the society.
Traders call on MP
AMBALA, Feb 6 Several representatives of industry and trade of Ambala cantonment have met, Mr Rattan Lal Kataria, member of parliament from the Ambala constituency, to lodge their protest for delaying the Saha Growth Centre by the Haryana Government.
The representatives told Mr Kataria that out of 1000 acres of land for the project 400 acres had been acquired and a compensation of Rs 12 crore paid to the farmers. The project was to be developed by the HSIDC. The Union Government has already paid Rs 20 crore to the Haryana Government for the project.
They stated that the HSIDC had fixed the price of land to be allotted to the industry at the rate of 750 per sq metre and the industry had accepted the proposal. Now the state government was giving it a second thought to transfer this land to the defence in lieu of the land to be given to the defence as per the agreement of excision of Ambala cantonment and the civil area. It was a very unfair proposition and was not in the interest of the industry and trade.
sabhas from today
SONEPAT, Feb 6 The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has decided to organise a three-day bijli sabhas from February 7 in the Sonepat circle for the settlement of consumers grievances and complaints relating to disputes of electricity bills.
Mr S.K. Handa,
Superintending Engineer, Operation, said here today that
the first sabha would be held on February 7 at 10 a.m.
here and at 3 p.m. at Kundli and Rai. The second sabha
will be held at 10 a.m. at Ganaur and at 3 p.m. at
Murthal. The third sabha will be held at 10 a.m. in
Kathura and 3 p.m. at Gohana.
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