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When Haryana's ex-CM Devi Lal showed his power to then PM Rajiv Gandhi
Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal often alleges that Prime Minister, Narender Modi is not allowing him to function while calling LG Najeeb Jung as PM's agent. CM Kejriwal may be helpless but late Chaudhary Devi Lal, former chief minister of neighbouring state Haryana had once shown his worth to then Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi.

In 1988, Devi Lal had launched nationwide campaign against Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government. On the directions of Devi Lal, water supply to Delhi via Munak canal from Haryana was stopped leading to deep crisis in the national capital city. Then Rajiv Gandhi had sent then Home Minister Buta Singh to request Devi Lal to resume the water supply.

This scribe, who was then staffer of Jansatta newspaper at Chandigarh, was interviewing Devi Lal in Chief Minister's suit at Haryana Bhawan Delhi. On intercom a message came that Buta Singh wanted to meet Devi Lalji.

I sought Devi Lal's permission for leaving the room so that both the dignitaries could talk. But Devi Lal asked me to sit and told me that hoe would show the power of the chief minister of Haryana. Buta Singh came and pleaded with folded hands that he had been sent by the Prime Minister with a request that water supply to Delhi be restored.

On this, Devi Lal assured Buta Singh that he would ask the concerned officials to do the needful. It is interesting to mention here that when Buta Singh was meeting Devilal, then Delhi Chief Minister and LG were waiting outside. Buta Singh was feeling bit embarrassed because of my presence but he had no option as I was guest of Devi Lal.

Devi Lal then told this writer that he only wanted to show the worth of Haryana Chief Minister to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. This incident and hundreds others relating to political intrigue of Haryana finds mention in a book titled 'Gustakhi Maaf Haryana' on the politics of Haryana authored by me.

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