Hooda slams INLD for spreading `canard` about land deals

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday hit out at the opposition INLD for "misleading" people about the allotment of lands in the state.

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2013, 23:34 PM IST

Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday hit out at the opposition INLD for "misleading" people about the allotment of lands in the state.
Hooda said that not even a single inch of land has been given to any developer by the Government and challenged the opposition that if proved, he would quit.

INLD had given an adjournment motion regarding "irregularities committed in the purchase of land in Haryana by Skylight hospitality company and the controversy connected therewith," but it lapsed yesterday and could not be taken up as the opposition members had been named by the Speaker for their unruly conduct.

Hooda said that it was wrong to say that any land was given to Skylight hospitality and criticised the opposition for misleading the people on the issue.

Targeting the INLD, whose members were not present in the Assembly as they were suspended for the second day today by the Speaker for their "unruly" behaviour, Hooda said "they (INLD) are the dark past and we are the bright future of Haryana. I think there is no use flogging a dead horse".

Replying on the discussion on Governor`s address, Hooda targeted the principal opposition party on various fronts.

"I have to say with regret the way they have behaved in the House. They are running away from issues and have not played constructive role and behaved as an irresponsible opposition," he said.

Hooda referred to the issue of acquisition of land and release from acquisition proceeding during 1999 to 2004 (when INLD-BJP was in power) and during the tenure of the present Government from 2005 onwards.

Hooda said that while from 1999 to 2004, 20 per cent of the area was licensed after release of land vis-a-vis the total licensed area in the state. As compared to it, from the year 2005 onwards, this percentage was 15.

Hooda also took a strong exception to the allegation of regional bias levelled by the opposition and to refute it, he detailed out the facts to prove overall development of the state.

"The National Institute of Fashion Design is coming up in Panchkula, National Institute of Design would be opened in district Kurukshetra, Kalpana Chawla Medical College is being set up in Karnal, a Women Medical College, is being set up at Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya (Sonepat) and this Medical College would be the first in public sector after independence of the country...," Hooda said.

He also said that the state would over the next few years emerge as an international education hub.

Seeking to counter the opposition charge that only Rohtak-centric development had taken place in Haryana, Hooda also said that when he assumed office of Chief Minister in 2005, as many as 1,237 announcements were made for Rohtak and out of these, 716 were for the area of his constituency and these involved an investment of only Rs 25 crore.

He said that there is no constituency in Haryana where less than Rs 25 crore have been spent on development works.

Hooda said that in some areas, Haryana was ahead of Gujarat. While referring to Human Development Index, Hooda said that Haryana falls in medium category, where the national average is 0.467 and Haryana is at 0.552 as against 0.527 of Gujarat, 0.380 of Uttar Pradesh, 0.376 of Jharkhand, 0.375 of Madhya Pradesh, 0.367 of Bihar and 0.359 of Chhattisgarh.

He also touched upon the extension of the Delhi Metro to Gurgaon and Faridabad. He said that POD car project was on anvil in Gurgaon.

On the law and order front, Hooda said that prompt registration of FIRs was taking place and steps were being taken to check the incidents of crime and ensure speedy convictions in cases of heinous crimes.