Bhupinder Singh Hooda attacks BJP over "weak" stand on national security

Raking up Chinese incursion issue, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday attacked BJP over its "weak stand" on the national security, saying it had promised during the Lok Sabha polls that it will not tolerate any "misadventure" from neighbouring countries.

PTI| Updated: Oct 11, 2014, 00:29 AM IST

Chandigarh: Raking up Chinese incursion issue, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday attacked BJP over its "weak stand" on the national security, saying it had promised during the Lok Sabha polls that it will not tolerate any "misadventure" from neighbouring countries.

Addressing a campaign rally at Badli in Jhajjar district, Hooda said when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcoming the Chinese President in India, the Chinese troops had entered the Indian territory and put up tents, while India could not do anything.

"During the Lok Sabha polls, the same BJP used to say it will not tolerate any misadventure from neighbouring countries," he said. Hooda said the pro-rich BJP government does not care for the farmers of the country.

"Prices of cotton crashed this year in Haryana and the farmers are suffering, but the Centre has taken no action at all," he said.

Hooda said he too requested the Centre to help the farmers, but nothing happened. He lambasted the BJP government for allegedly failing to control the price rise.

"Tell me, what is the price of tomato, onion and potato? The government raised the prices of sugar and hiked rail fare the moment it came to power," he said.

The Congress leader also raked up the Ayodhya temple issue.

"Ye kahte hain Ram Lala ka mandir yehi banayenge, magar tithi nahi batayenge (they say they will construct Ram temple in Ayodhya but will never disclose the date)," he said.

Trashing the "existence of Modi wave" in the country, Hooda said if this was the case, they should explain why they lost 21 of the 42 seats they held earlier, in the recent bypoll in the country.

"The fall from grace of the BJP took place in just three months," he said.

The Chief Minister claimed the Congress government in the state has done all-round development of the state in the last nine years.

Hooda said the Congress government in the state was pro-farmers. When the INLD-BJP coalition ruled Haryana from 2000 to 2005, the rate of interest for the farm loans taken from the co-operative banks used to be as high as 11 per cent.

"We reduced it first to 7 per cent, then 4 per cent and henceforth the government decided not to charge any interest at all from the farmers," he said.

He claimed that diesel prices in Haryana was much less than those of the neighbouring states.

Later, addressing a rally at Badhda in favour of Congress candidate Ranbir Mahindra, Hooda said it was strange for the INLD to celebrate birth anniversary of Devi Lal on separate dates in different years, sometime on September 25 and other times on November 1.

The INLD should learn to respect the elders, he said. Speaking at a rally in Bahal, Hooda told the voters to ask the BJP who their chief ministerial candidate was.

He said one party in Haryana cannot name its leader, while the other party's chief says he will take oath of Chief Minister in jail. Is there any law in this country or not?