Chandigarh: After stitching an alliance, Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) and Venod Sharma-led Jan Chetna Party (JCP) on Sunday accused the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led state government of "neglecting" the entire northern belt of the state in development and jobs.
HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi charged the Hooda government with indulging in regional bias in carrying out development work and in giving jobs. Sharma and Bishnoi released the JCP's poll manifesto at Ambala during a rally there.
Addressing the rally, Sharma, who recently snapped his four-decade old ties with the Congress to float his own outfit, lashed out at the state government for "neglecting" the entire northern belt of Haryana including Ambala, Panipat, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Kalka and Panchkula districts.
"There is a regional bias in development as all major projects have gone to the Rohtak-Jhajjar region. Even in giving jobs, people from northern Haryana have been ignored," Sharma claimed at the rally organised by his party, in which Bishnoi also participated.
Bishnoi, the younger son of former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, on Thursday snapped his ties with BJP alleging "repeated betrayal" by the saffron party and joined hands with JCP led by Sharma, whom he termed as a "father figure" to him.
"The state government only developed the Rohtak region treating the rest of Haryanavis as second class citizens," Bishnoi said.
Sharma, the former Union minister and former Ambala MLA, said that even the National Highway from Panipat to Ambala was in a bad shape and wondered "even if this too is a design to harass the people of our region".
"The youths of Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal and Panipat have been discriminated against in giving jobs due to narrow political considerations.
"Ambala was denied an Industrial Model Township, despite the fact that it would have generated jobs... No big industry has come to Faridabad, Kalka, Yamunanagar and Panipat in several years now, which were earlier famous as Haryana's industrial belts," Sharma said.
No new university has also been opened in northern Haryana despite the government's tall claims of making entire state as an education hub.
"The farmers are not getting right price for their
produce. There is no equitable distribution of water. The region of Karnal, Panipat and Kurukshetra is known as India's basmati (a variety of rice) belt, but the government does not fix MSP for basmati," Sharma claimed.
The former Congress leader accused the Hooda government of "wasting crores of rupees of public money for running 'Haryana No 1' publicity campaign. Even the BJP ran 'India Shining' campaign in 2004, but everybody knows what fate they met and the present state government will meet the same fate".
"The people of northern Haryana want to know why their rights are being snatched. Why are we being treated as unequals. Successive Chief Ministers have ignored us and taken advantage of our gentleness.
"But now, let them know that we are no longer willing to tolerate this discrimination. Now, we will have to apply the Newton's third law to teach them a lesson--that is for every action (for every injustice), there is an equal and opposite reaction," he told the gathering.
Asking the people to vote for the JCP-HJC combine, Sharma said, "if the power again goes into the hands of those who have exploited us, then we will continue to be treated in the same manner". Sharma and Bishnoi released the JCP's poll manifesto at Ambala.
Bishnoi said he feels the two parties should have weaved an alliance much before. "It has been just four days since the two parties joined hands, but already there is great enthusiasm among the public," he said.
"Chaudhary Bhajan Lal had close relations with Venod ji's family. Venod is like a father figure to me and with his able guidance and vast political experience, we will oust the corrupt Congress government. We will also prevent the Chautalas from coming to power again," Bishnoi said.
He further said that Haryana, which was once famous for being the land of milk and butter, has now become infamous for "land scams, rapes and corruption".
Hitting out at BJP, Bishnoi said the party had repeatedly betrayed HJC during the past one year and finally he decided to break ties with them.
"In Haryana, BJP has a history of betraying its allies... I feel the party which has let down its own stalwarts like A B Vajpayee, L K Advani and M M Joshi (who are no longer part of BJP's highest decision making body) cannot be trusted anymore and people also cannot trust them any longer," he said.