Ahead of filing his nomination from Garhi Sampla-Kiloi, former Chief Minister of Haryana and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda performed a 'Hawan' on Friday for the ensuing polls to the Legislative Assembly of Haryana. The Hawan was also attended by Hooda's wife and the party cadres. The puja was performed amid the chanting of Vedic mantras by the priest.
Speaking to ANI, Hooda slammed the BJP Government and stated that the achievements of the Congress government and the failure of the BJP government will be a major issue in the Haryana Assembly polls. He further asserted that the Manohar Khattar-led BJP government has not fulfilled a single promise and has ruptured the aspirations of people.
"Leave Swaminathan, today the farmers are not getting minimum support prices (MSPs). Several conditions are levied on farmers to obtain MSP. Farmers are under debt as they have to pay taxes for tractors and pesticides. They are not getting the right prices for their crops," he said.
Further assailing the BJP government for not working towards the betterment of the backward castes, Hooda said, "We gave plots to the scheduled castes but this (BJP) government has not allocated a single plot to them. People are protesting in Haryana and Karnal. Traders are depressed because of GST and demonetisation. Law and order are not in place."
"The state is witnessing a rampant rise in crimes and women and children are not safe. Every section of society is dissatisfied with this government," Hooda added.
Out of 90 Haryana assembly seats, 17 are reserved for the Scheduled Caste (SC) and none for the Scheduled Tribe (ST). The nomination filing process in Haryana began from September 27 and will go on till the last date on October 4. The scrutiny process will happen on October 5. Withdrawal of applications is allowed until October 7. The state of Haryana and Maharashtra will vote in a single phase on October 21 and the counting of votes will take place on October 24.