Chandigarh: Dismissing that the state administration had failed to do its work efficiently regarding the arrest of self-styled godman Rampal, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that they had been successful carrying out the whole operation well.
He also said that Rampal may have been provided patronage by the previous government.
Talking exclusively to Zee Media, Khattar said, “I was not aware of the gravity of the case of Rampal as I had recently taken oath. His ashram has been there for years and the previous government must be aware of it,” adding, “Though I do not have any proof of it but I think there must be some sort of patronage given to Rampal otherwise how could he make such a big ashram.”
He accepted that “wrongdoings had been going on in the place”. “This is a failure of the previous government. When we got to know of it, we got him out and presented him before the court,” he said.
On the matter of mediapersons getting hurt during the operation he said, “I know mediapersons take risks while covering a story. The physical hurt caused to the press people happened suddenly. Police personal were also hurt. We have constituted a panel to inquire as to what happened.”
When asked about his supposedly controversial statement on Khap Haryana CM said that he stood by his comments. “I do not believe that Khap is totally wrong. We will oppose those decisions of Khap which are wrong but will support the good work that they do,” he opined.
Talking about the land deal matter pertaining to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra he said, “We have a verdict for five years and we have to give the people of Haryana good governance. We are busy in that and also in improving the administration system in the state. Our priorities are that. While doing all this, whatever wrong has taken place and what will come up after investigation, then law will take its own course, whoever's name comes in front, whether its Vadra or non-Vadra.”
Khattar dismissed that the BJP was going slow on the Vadra matter. “One should not work with a vindictive attitude. When a government is formed, it is a government of all the people. One has to find out where things have gone wrong. It's not right to just take up one issue and get after it.”
He also maintained, “Whether Vadra or any other matter, the Centre has not told me anything. If at all I was told to bring about good governance and transparency.”