The land acquisition policy of Haryana is proving to be a hot potato for state chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who is being accused of being too cozy with the builders lobby. Opposition and party insiders are taking potshots at the CM.
POLITICAL SCENARIO in Haryana bordering the national capital is taking interesting turn with Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his opponents within the party including cabinet colleague Ajay Yadav busy in shadow boxing by leveling allegations and counter allegations against each other on the land acquisition policy of the state government.
While the Congress is busy in-figting, Opposition leaders including former Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala and Janhit Congress chief Kuldeep Bishnoi are using this opportunity to strengthen their base and holding public meetings.Under a well-calculated strategy, they have also launched a frontal attack on Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda over his land acquisition policy alleging that he was playing into the hands of builder lobby and is against the farmers.Chautala's party has even submitted a memorandum to Governor of Haryana and President of India demanding inquiry into various scams and scandals involving land acquisition in the state. Kuldeep Bishnoi has minced no words calling Bhupinder Singh Hooda, a Chief Minister of property dealers. BJP too has joined the chorus and is raking the issue of land acquisition and is calling for a white paper on the issue.According to political observers, opponents of Chief Minister Hooda are trying to discredit him by portraying him as anti-farmer and alleging that he is playing into the hands of builder and property mafia. This strategy aims to cut at his roots in the old Rohtak area comprising of Rohtak, Sonepat and Jhajjar districts, an area called the jat land of Haryana. It is interesting to mention here that in last assembly polls the Congress won all seats in these districts except Sonepat due to popularity and influence of Hooda. This area was once the stronghold of jat leader Chaudhary Devi Lal but now the Jats see Hooda as their saviour and leader.Another problem for Hooda is the opposition within the party as a number of senior leaders have not been able to accept his ascendance and complete hold on the administration as the chief minister. As such within the party there is clamour against the land acquisition policy of the state government, which is being portrayed as the one being supported by the CM himself.Rajya Sabha member Birender Singh and Union Minister Kumari Selja have also used the land acquisition policy to criticise the Chief Minister. However, state Finance Minister Ajay Yadav's critique of the land acquisition policy has singed Hooda most and he has been forced to come on defensive.The CM was recently forced to hold a press conference to defend his policies as well as the decisions taken by the government, particularly with reference to land. It is pertinent to mention here that recent strictures by the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding the state government favouring a particular coloniser has also put the Chief Minister in the dock.In fact, it is often remarked in the corridors of power that the land policy of the state is decided by the above said coloniser, particularly in case of Gurgaon district.