Hitting out at his detractors within the party as well as the Opposition, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday reiterated that development of the entire State was the responsibility of the present Congress government led by him.
“I am responsible for the development of the area and not of any individual,” he said at a rally at Bawal in Rewari district, which an official statement here described as “mammoth.”
The Bawal Assembly constituency is represented by an Opposition member, and is a part of the Gurgaon Lok Sabha constituency represented by Congress’ Rao Inderjit Singh, who has criticised the way Mr Hooda functions on more than one occasion in the past.
The official statement, quoting Mr Hooda, said: “in an emotionally chocked voice, without naming his detractors [he said] that he need not seek permission from anyone to visit Bawal.”
“I belong to Bawal and Bawal belongs to me and I belong to Rewari and Rewari belongs to me ... although many local leaders had been urging me to visit Bawal, yet I was moved and decided to come only when hundreds of common people of the area called on me to invite me to be with them,” Mr. Hooda said.
Dwelling on the development of Bawal, Mr. Hooda said that as compared to Rs. 131.21 crore spent during the INLD regime, the present Congress government had spent Rs. 765.97 crore. Comparing the funds funnelled for the development of Rewari district, the Chief Minister said that while the INLD government spent Rs. 435.48 crore, the present dispensation had put in Rs. 3221.89 crore through various development projects and schemes.
“People were misled”
Mr. Hooda said that ever since Haryana was formed, the area had remained backward, and on realising this, the present government undertook an unparalleled development programme. Some leaders who visited the area misled the people by making false promises.
The Chief Minister, while accepting most of the demands of the area, said that the college of the agriculture university, which had closed during the previous government headed by O.P. Chautala, would become functional July. He announced a Rs. 10 crore grant, double the amount allocated to other areas, for the development of villages in the Bawal Assembly constituency.
Mr. Hooda went to announce a subdivision status for Bawal, which would have its independent grain market.
Keeping in view the achievements of the sportspersons of the area, he announced a stadium, apart from a bus stand and roads.
He announced various projects, including an independent office building for the Khol block, a primary health centre at Khori, a women's college at Pali village, a polytechnic institute at Damlawas village. He said all schools that fulfilled the norms would be upgraded.