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BJP Govt Insulted Sportspersons, Farmers, Jawans: Hooda

The BJP dispensation had "completely failed" on all fronts, he said.

Chandigarh, May 1

Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today accused the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government in the State of “insulting” sportspersons, farmers and soldiers, and claimed that the BJP dispensation had “completely failed” on all fronts.

1. “Jawans, sportspersons and farmers are feeling insulted during BJP regime because of its apathetic attitude towards them,” he told reporters.

2. The state’s sportspersons, with their hard work, won one-third of the total medals that India won in the recently held Commonwealth Games, he said.

3. “The way they were insulted… it was for the first time I heard that some sportspersons boycotted the state government’s function organised to honour them… the state government has not given a job to any sportsperson during its over three-year-old rule,” Hooda said.

4. On April 25, the Haryana government cancelled the felicitation function for the State’s Commonwealth Games medal winners after being threatened with a boycott by top athletes such as wrestler Vinesh Phogat and javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra over a proposed cut in prize money.

5. Hooda lashed out at the sports policy of the state which envisaged reduction in prize money for players who represented bodies such as Railways and the Army.

6. “A sportsperson does not play for a state. He or she plays for the country. If a player’s parents belong to Haryana, he should be awarded with full prize money. It is our responsibility to promote sportspersons.

7. “It is wrong to reduce award money for players belonging to Haryana, if he represents Railways or other bodies. It is a wrong policy. The intention of state government is not good,” he said.

8. On the issue of farmers, Hooda accused the state government of not ensuring right prices of mustard crop to growers and causing inconvenience to wheat growers in selling their crop. “Farmers are also feeling insulted,” he said.

9. The former chief minister said jawans were still fighting for their One Rank One Pension at New Delhi and accused the BJP government of not fulfilling its promise made to soldiers.

10. Claiming that the state government had failed on all fronts, Hooda said, “There is no law and order in the state. Unemployment is growing, mining mafia is on the rise, there is a problem of drinking water. Every section of society is fed up with the BJP government.” “This is a government of show-off and mislead,” he alleged.

11. On the Haryana chief minister having dinner at the house of a Dalit in Karnal yesterday, Hooda said Khattar is holding “road shows”. “First he did in Faridabad, then Karnal. He will then hold such show in Rohtak and then Gurugram. Basically, he is looking for an assembly seat to contest polls,” Hooda said.

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