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BHUPINDER SINGH HOODA, for­mer chief minister of Haryana, tells Shikha Shalini that the BJP gov­ern­ment in Haryana has run the state to the ground and will be re­jected by the peo­ple in the next elec­tion.

Af­ter the last elec­tions, a non-political per­son was asked to helm Haryana, ig­nor­ing the so­cial re­al­i­ties of Haryana pol­i­tics. What has been the im­pact of this on the pol­i­tics of the state?

There was rapid devel­op­ment in the state dur­ing the pe­riod I was Chief Minister. When I demit­ted of­fice in 2014, Haryana was on top of the list of states show­ing rapid growth, with high per capita in­come and per capita in­vest­ment.

But to­day Haryana has re­gressed badly. The state has suf­fered fi­nan­cially and its debt has in­creased. The total debt in the 2013 bud­get was ~600 bil­lion but in Haryana’s last bud­get, the total debt was ~16 tril­lion. The gov­ern­ment has bor­rowed so much but there is no devel­op­ment in the state. The cur­rent gov­ern­ment spe­cialises in event man­age­ment and pub­lic­ity.

I can give you the de­tails of work I did in the field of ed­u­ca­tion, the power sec­tor etc. But the cur­rent gov­ern­ment has noth­ing to its credit. We started the power project in Yamunanagar. The coun­try’s sec­ond Na­tional In­sti­tute of De­sign opened in Ku­ruk­shetra. The Kalpana Chawla Med­i­cal Col­lege was opened in Kar­nal dur­ing my ten­ure. The only med­i­cal col­lege for women in In­dia was in Delhi but a sec­ond one was opened in Khan­pur. We have built the coun­try's first de­fence univer­sity in Gurugram. An AIIMS and a Na­tional Can­cer In­sti­tute was es­tab­lished in Jha­j­jar. In Ro­htak, we set up an IIM and started work on a Univer­sity of Vis­ual and Per­form­ing Arts. Two power plants es­tab­lished in Jha­j­jar. Ex­pan­sion of Metro from Delhi to Haryana and Rapid Metro was started in Gurugram dur­ing my pe­riod….

This gov­ern­ment, on the other hand, has done no work on the ex­pan­sion of the metro or rail line in the last four years. No univer­sity or ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion has been opened. Af­ter com­plet­ing four years, the Haryana gov­ern­ment has said total in­vest­ment has amounted to around ~80 bil­lion. They said the Kalpana Chawla Med­i­cal Col­lege would be­come a med­i­cal univer­sity. But till to­day, not a sin­gle brick has been laid there. Rather its name has been changed to Deen Dayal Upad­hyay. This is their achieve­ment. Farm­ers are on the brink of dev­as­ta­tion. They are not even get­ting the MSP (Min­i­mum Sup­port Price) here. This gov­ern­ment’s job is sim­ply to or­gan­ise meetings and ral­lies with­out any purpose.

Bhupinder Singh Hooda, for­mer Chief Minister of Haryana, tells Shikha Shalini that the BJP-led gov­ern­ment in Haryana has run the state to the ground and will be re­jected by the peo­ple in the next elec­tion. Edited ex­cerpts:

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