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Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 2
Former Haryana Chief Minister and sitting Congress MLA from Adampur Bhajan Lal announced the launch of a new political outfit at the janhit rally organised here today. In an apparent assertion of their revolt against the Congress leadership, Bhajan Lal and his MP son Kuldeep Bishnoi unveiled a board bearing the name “Haryana Janhit Congress (BL)” and an image of rising Sun before a huge gathering at the rally venue behind the new bus stand here.

Addressing the gathering, Bishnoi lambasted the present Congress regime in Haryana for its alleged failure in implementing the promises made to the people of the state. Terming Bhupinder Singh Hooda as the “most corrupt Chief Minister of the state”, Bishnoi accused him of indulging in “property-dealing” to favour big companies like Reliance Industries at the cost of farmers.

Visibly elated over the massive turnout and overwhelming response, especially from the youth, the firebrand suspended MP lashed out at UPA Chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi. “She has no concern for your interests or sentiments…she took the undemocratic decision of making Hooda the Chief Minister against your wishes and aspirations,” he said, adding that the people of Haryana had brought the Congress to power to see Bhajan Lal as the Chief Minister.

As if making an election speech, he appealed to the people of the state to vote him to power. He promised to bring SYL water to the state on coming to power. “It was my father’s dream and I will realise it,” he asserted.

The disgruntled Congress leader, who was touted as the future Chief Minister of the state, further announced that “his government” would increase old-age pension to Rs 600, provide for free treatment to senior citizens at government hospitals, abolish house tax and “abiyana” and provide free plots to backward families.

In a bid to woo the women and Sikhs, Bishnoi also promised a pension scheme for women and an independent gurdwara committee for Haryana. He thanked the people for turning up in large numbers “despite government’s efforts to sabotage today’s rally”.

Bishnoi announced that he would resign from the Lok Sabha, but sought six months’ time, which he needed to strengthen his newly launched political outfit.

In his brief speech, former state Congress president Bhajan Lal, who was accompanied by his wife Jasma Devi, announced the launch of the new political outfit.

Rally conveners and former Haryana ministers Subhash Batra and Krishan Murti Hooda, besides staunch Bhajan supporter Dharam Pal Malik also addressed the gathering. Indri MLA Rakesh Kamboj, who was injured in yesterday’s police lathi charge on Bishnoi supporters at Karnal, was also present.

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