Chandigarh: Notwithstanding the opposition's criticism, BJP General Secretary Anil Jain on Tuesday praised the Manohar Lal Khattar government for the "big achievement" of bringing under control widespread violence during the Jat quota stir within three days.
Asked if the government was able to take timely steps to control the situation, Jain claimed, "The government performed its duty. It summoned Central forces on time and a conspiracy to create divisions in the state police force was blunted."
Jain, in-charge of the party's Haryana affairs, said, "The violence started on February 19 and by February 22, it was brought under control."
The Haryana government has set up a committee under retired IPS officer Prakash Singh to inquire into the acts of "omission and commission" on part of
civil and police officers during the Jat quota agitation.
Thirty lives were lost during the protests. Large scale damage to property, both government and private, was caused, especially in Rohtak, Jhajjar and Sonipat which formed the epicentre of the stir.
When asked who is responsible for the lives lost during the stir, Jain, who held a meeting with Haryana ministers and BJP MLAs to assess the performance and seek feedback of the government's functioning, said, "Those who pushed the state into violence and hatched a conspiracy."
"It all started from one place, one region. Never before, this kind of a conspiracy was hatched. Everyone knows, whose stronghold Rohtak, Jhajjar and Sonipat are and whose advisors have been caught. Things have been exposed before the people, how a peaceful state was put on the boil and you can yourself draw the conclusion who is responsible for the lives lost," Jain said, apparently referring to former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Jain hit out at former Haryana Chief Minister Hooda, who
has accused the BJP-led government in the state of following a policy of 'badla' (revenge) and has also charged the main opposition, INLD, of being "hand in glove" with the Khattar government for registration of a case in connection with the re-allotment of a plot to a firm in Panchkula in 2005.
The BJP leader said that if the need is felt, the case would be handed over to the CBI.
To another question, he said, it is not just Hooda, "anyone who has done wrong, will be punished as per law."
He took a dig at Hooda, saying when he was the chief minister of Haryana for 10 years, what stopped him from initiating a probe into the allotment of land to Devi Lal Trust in Chandigarh.
"It is not the question of A or B. Our government will probe any wrongdoing. But, we want to ask Hooda, what stopped him from conducting a probe all these years when he was the CM," Jain said.
The Haryana State Vigilance Bureau has registered a case of cheating and corruption against the then Chairman of HUDA, a post held by Hooda, and four ex-HUDA officials for allegedly re-alloting a plot to the firm in Panchkula.
Hooda had alleged that the BJP government had registered the case against him after Leader of Opposition in the Haryana Assembly (Abhay Singh Chautala) wrote a letter in this regard.