CM asks peo­ple to teach lesson to those who burnt Ro­htak in 2016

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RO­HTAK: Haryana chief min­is­ter Manohar Lal Khat­tar on Sun­day asked peo­ple to use the op­por­tu­nity of the up­com­ing Lok Sabha and state assem­bly elec­tions for teach­ing a lesson to those who burnt Ro­htak dur­ing the 2016 Jat quota stir.

Khat­tar was ad­dress­ing a ‘Jan Vish­was Rally’ in Kalanaur con­stituency of Ro­htak dis­trict.

Without tak­ing any name, he blamed former CM Bhupin­der Singh Hooda of or­ches­trat­ing the caste vi­o­lence of 2016 un­der frus­tra­tion of los­ing the 2014 assem­bly elec­tions.

No­tably, Hooda has sent a defama­tion no­tice to BJP min­is­ter Man­ish Grover for mak­ing a sim­i­lar state­ment against him.

“Such peo­ple who burnt this city will not be for­got­ten for gen­er­a­tions and a lesson should be taught to them in the elec­tions,” he said.

Call­ing Ro­htak MP Deep­en­der Hooda “a child of a pri­vate lim­ited com­pany”, Khat­tar said Deep­en­der be­came an MP only be­cause his fa­ther was the CM at that time.

“Now that his fa­ther is not CM, the de­ci­sion is with the pub­lic. I re­quest you all to do a re­peat of Jind by­poll in Ro­htak as well,” he said. In the re­cent by­elec­tion, BJP won the seat in a multi-cor­nered con­test.

PROM­ISES TO CUT POWER TAR­IFFS

The CM promised to slash power tar­iffs in near fu­ture. His as­sur­ances comes months ahead of the Lok Sabha and assem­bly elec­tions amid prom­ises by op­po­si­tion par­ties in Haryana to cut tar­iffs by up to 50% if they are voted to power.

He ac­cused the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments of en­cour­ag­ing the peo­ple not to pay elec­tric­ity bills and thus push­ing power cor­po­ra­tions un­der Rs 27,000-crore losses. “The BJP made a bill set­tle­ment plan and re­cov­ered a sum of Rs 500 crore of the to­tal Rs 4,000 crore out­stand­ing bills. Also, bills worth Rs 3,500 crore were waived off,” he added.

■ Haryana chief min­is­ter Manohar Lal Khat­tar with other BJP lead­ers dur­ing the ‘Jan Vish­was Rally’ in Ro­htak on Sun­day. MANOJ DHAKA/HT

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