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Hooda out with more poll sops
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Shoe hurled at CM

  • An attempt was made to hurl a shoe at the Chief Minister during his address
  • A man, Raja Ram, shouted a slogan against Hooda and hurled a shoe at him
  • The shoe, however, fell in the press enclosure
  • Security personnel immediately overpowered him

Dabwali (Sirsa), February 16
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced several new projects, besides creation of Kalanwali as a new sub division of Sirsa in his bête noire Om Prakash Chautala’s home turf Dabwali.

While the CM was addressing rally, an attempt was made to hurl a shoe at him.

A man, identified as Raja Ram, a farmer from Nathusari village of Ellenabad Assembly constituency represented by senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala, shouted a slogan against Hooda and hurled a shoe at him that fell in the press enclosure just ahead of the place from where the D area started. Security persons immediately overpowered him and took him away.

The incident comes close on the heels of an incident in Panipat, where a youth made an attempt to slap Hooda. The Dabwali Assembly segment is a stronghold of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and is represented in the state Assembly by the party’s secretary general Ajay Singh Chautala, at present, serving sentence in JBT recruitment scam.

Launching a scathing attack on Chautalas while addressing a well-attended rally, Hooda alleged that the former CM and his clan had no other agenda than spreading misinformation about him and his government. The welfare of people had never been their priority.

Hitting out at Chautalas for their oft-repeated allegations of slanted development against him, Hooda said the former CM spent Rs 129 crore in the home constituency Dabwali during the six years of his regime, while his government has launched projects worth Rs 977 crore, including Rs 380 crore worth of projects launched today.

In the entire Sirsa district, Chautala spent Rs 749 crore in six years, while his government spent Rs 3,896 crore in these nine years.

“In the name of development in his home district, Chautala merely constructed a private Vidyapeeth on the name of his father to mint money from gullible youths. Chautala even left the university set up in his father Devi Lal’s name to starve for fund. It was my government that revived it,” Hooda said.

He also lambasted Chautalas for propagating their imprisonment in teachers recruitment scam as “punishment for providing jobs to unemployed youths.”

He laid the foundation stones and inaugurated twelve projects, the most important being a railway over bridge on the national highway linking Dabwali with Punjab, which was the long-standing demand of the local people.

Shakeel Ahmed, AICC general secretary in charge of the state, lauded Hooda for taking Haryana ahead of other states on various parameters and castigated BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narender Modi for wrongly claiming number one status for his state.

The newly appointed state Congress chief and Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar said the Congress lost all the five seats in Sirsa in the last Assembly election due to infighting and said dissidence would not be tolerated now.

Chautala, the native village of the INLD’s top leadership, comes under Dabwali Assembly segment.

Since 1977, the Congress has won this seat only twice - once in 1982 when Goverdhan Dass Chauhan won this seat and the next in 1991 when his daughter Santosh Sarwan was elected from here, while it went to the INLD in 1978, 1987, 1996, 2000, 2005 and 2009.





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