Development of Haryana key priority: CM Hooda
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Last Updated: Saturday, November 07, 2009, 18:35
Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, whose 13-day-old government was expanded on Saturday, said his priorities will be to further accelerate the pace of development in the state.

"Every member of the team (the Cabinet) will have to work hard for the welfare of people. Our thrust will be to further accelerate the pace of development that our previous regime started. Creation of jobs and infrastructure will also be one of our priorities," Hooda told reporters here.

Hooda inducted six Cabinet ministers and three Ministers of State giving ministerial berths to all seven Independent MLAs, who bailed out his government during a confidence vote in the state assembly.

Asked how he will accommodate those who had been left out, including his bete noire and sitting Congress MLA Kiran Choudhry, who was a minister in his previous government but did not get a berth in the Cabinet today, Hooda said, "we still have four vacancies (in the Cabinet) and we will decide at an appropriate time ".

Besides Choudhry, who is the daughter-in-law of former Chief Minister Bansi Lal, another woman minister in the previous regime Savitri Jindal, mother of Congress MP and industrialist Navin Jindal, has also not been accommodated.

On the possibility of Haryana Janhit Congress-BL leader Kuldeep Bishnoi joining the government in future, Hooda said, "there have been no talks with him. He had earlier said that his party would offer unconditional support".

Newly sworn-in Cabinet Minister Ajay Yadav said that the government would stress on building infrastructure in the state while Randeep Surjewala voiced confidence that the Congress government would take Haryana at the forefront in all spheres.

One of the seven Independents accommodated by Hooda, Gopal Kanda after taking oath as Minister of State said that they would extend unconditional support to the Hooda government.

Meanwhile, Choudhry and senior leader Birender Singh, who lost from Uchana Kalan, did not attend today's Cabinet expansion function.

Unlike two weeks back when chaos prevailed as security personnel failed to control the rush at the Raj Bhavan when Hooda was being sworn-in as chief minister for the second time, today the arrangements were much better.

However, there was some confusion when a security official outside the Raj Bhavan failed to recognise six-time MLA Yadav and stopped him briefly while he was on his way inside to take oath as minister.

Former Lt Governor of Goa Chandrawati left in a huff when she did not get a preferred seat during the function.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, November 07, 2009, 18:35

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