Minister gives Opposition a whip to beat Govt. with

Haryana Power Minister and seven-time Congress MLA from Rewari Ajay Singh Yadav has once again fired a salvo against his own government headed by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, this time alleging regional bias.

According to political observers, the timing of raising “internal party issues and bickering” has virtually come as a godsend for the Opposition on the eve of the monsoon session of the Vidhan Sabha beginning this Friday.

They say the Opposition parties, including the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Haryana Janhit Congress-BJP alliance which were “struggling to find issues”, can now “whip” the government by raking up the issues which Mr. Yadav is ardently espousing.

It is being said in political circles here that Gurgaon MP Inderjit Singh, who belongs to the Ahirwal belt, has buried his political differences with Mr. Yadav to rake up issues pertaining to the development of the Rewari region in particular and southern Haryana in general.

Capt. Yadav, who was last year deprived of the Finance portfolio after he reportedly criticised the State’s land acquisition policy which was claimed to have been generally acclaimed by the Congress high command, had been keeping quiet for the last several months.

However, the differences once again cropped up after Mr. Hooda apparently turned down his request for according university status to the Indira Gandhi Post Graduate Regional Centre at Rewari.

Apparently upset, Capt. Yadav responded by cancelling a rally in Rewari on September 1 which was to be addressed by the Chief Minister.

Mr. Yadav has now started speaking openly about the regional bias and bringing the issues before the Congress high command to ensure equitable development.

He has been saying that his demand for upgradation of the Regional Centre is justified as there are already three to four universities in Rohtak, Sonepat and Hisar.

Observers recall that after he was deprived of the Finance Ministry, he had gone to Delhi and assumed the office of Power Minister only after several days on the advice of Central party leaders.

According to sources in the Congress, the party high command is likely to convene a meeting of the State Coordination Committee soon to sort out such differences of opinion.