Rewari: Attacking the Congress-led UPA government in unison, JD (U) president Sharad Yadav, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala and former Army chief VK Singh on Thursday alleged that the country was faced with "leadership crisis" and condition of common man had turned miserable.
The `Samman Divas rally`, organised by INLD in this Ahirwal region of south Haryana to pay tribute to former Deputy Prime Minister late Devi Lal on his 99th birth anniversary on `Haryana Day` today, also witnessed participation of TDP`s Nama Nageswara Rao, Ramdass Athawale (RPI), Bhim Rao Ambedkar`s grandson Prakash Ambedkar.
In his address, Yadav said that under the Congress headed regime at the Centre, country`s resources had been plundered, prices had sky-rocketed, unemployment had risen sharply while corruption had broken all records.
Paying tributes to Devi Lal, who had also served as Haryana`s Chief Minister, Yadav said that today when he thinks about leaders like him, Mahatama Gandhi, Jai Prakash Narayan, Bhagat Singh, Ram Manohar Lohia and Chaudhary Charan Singh, it makes him pause and ponder that going by the phase which the country is going through, whether the sacrifices made by these leaders had gone in vain.
"Corruption has crossed all limits. 2G, Coalgate, Reliance scam, CWG scam are just to name a few," he said.
He said that it was unfortunate that even 65 years post Independence, a common man was leading the same miserable life and ills like casteism, which divide the society, still rule the roost.
"The country needs another revolution to bring about a change," he said.
Yadav also castigated the Hooda government in Haryana for allegedly favouring the realtors and builders by "snatching the land of ordinary farmers".
The JD(U) leader also called upon the people of the state not to give up their land to those who want to snatch it from them by fooling them.
Without naming his party`s erstwhile ally, the BJP, former chief minister Chautala tried to woo the saffron party, saying those partners who had left INLD should come back and join hands so that a united fight could be put up to oust the Congress.
"Those partners who have left us should come back so that together we will fight against the misrule of the Congress and oust it from Centre and Haryana," Chautala said.
"If there has been any mistake on our part, we are ready to correct it and walk up to anyone who is unhappy with us," he added.
Joining the opposition in training guns against the Government, Gen VK Singh began his speech by paying tributes to Devi Lal and recalled the pro-people decisions as Dy prime minister and the state`s chief minister.
"Today, farmers, poor and labour class are in a miserable state. Farmers are forced to commit suicides," Singh, who was locked in row with the Centre over his retirement-age, said in his 40-minute speech.
"Going by the present condition of the country, it gives me a feeling that our democracy and republic are in danger," he claimed.
He said that while black money stashed abroad was yet to be brought back, scams were happening in plenty in this country. The retd Army chief alleged that land had been gifted away to private builders and realtors in Haryana while land reforms had been ignored.
"Post liberalisation in this country, market forces have emerged stronger while common man has been ignored. The rich-poor gap has been widening," he claimed.
Singh claimed that common man is not made a partner in governance while there was "leadership crisis" facing the nation.
"Attempt is being made to weaken our institutions like CAG, CVC, judiciary and fingers are being pointed at these institutions and even the Armed forces," Singh claimed, adding that such a country where its soldiers are not given due honour witnesses downfall.
"On the issue of one-rank, one pension, the Centre is trying to hoodwink our soldiers," he said.