Haryana polls: BJP hits out at Chautala, Congress

Hitting out at Om Parkash Chautala, BJP on Sunday accused the INLD supremo of exploiting the system yet again by misusing bail secured on health grounds to campaign for Assembly polls in the state.

PTI| Updated: Oct 13, 2014, 18:08 PM IST
Haryana polls: BJP hits out at Chautala, Congress

Chandigarh: Hitting out at Om Parkash Chautala, BJP on Sunday accused the INLD supremo of exploiting the system yet again by misusing bail secured on health grounds to campaign for Assembly polls in the state.

"Chautala is again exploiting the system to indulge in campaigning while taking bail on medical grounds and portraying himself to be a martyr," BJP MP and party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said.

"He came out of jail on bail on the premise of medical grounds and straightaway went campaigning, openly flouting the court's order and taking the court for a ride," she said.

Convicted in a teachers' recruitment scam case, Chautala was granted bail on medical grounds on May 21, 2013 and since then he has been out by extending it on the same ground.

Delhi High Court on Friday had ordered him to surrender, following which Chautala surrendered at Tihar Jail in the national capital yesterday.

Lekhi also slammed Congress saying corruption was the only consistent hallmark of the 10-year tenure of Congress rule in Haryana.

"The highlight of its corruption is of course the 'Forest and Land Scams' in Haryana. ...The way Congress government has converted the tool of 'Change of Land Use' into 'Political Commerce' is exemplary in misuse of power," she said.

"In a grand rush, government has passed 129 bills related to universities, tax appropriation, and land regulation in the recent past," she added.

She alleged that for the past ten years there was no government or governance in the state.

Referring to the recent disqualification by Punjab and Haryana High Court of five HJC MLAs who merged into Congress in 2009 after the polls, she said, "The government was cobbled together by engineering defection of 5 HJC MLAs, the court has declared the defections to be illegal and asked these MLAs to payback the benefits enjoyed by them over the past five years to the exchequer."

She said that without these MLAs, the government itself loses its majority in the Assembly and hence has no legal or moral right to function.

"By logical extension of the court ruling, just as the 5 disqualified MLAs have to refund the benefits enjoyed by them, this 'illegal' government, propped on 'illegal' stilts, should return to the people all the benefits enjoyed by it over this period," she said.

On Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi questioning BJP's abilities to handle Pakistan and China issues, Lekhi said that cross border ceasefire violations and incursions were more during Congress regime.