INLD march against Haryana government to conclude Thursday

February 10th, 2009 - 6:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Naraingarh (Haryana), Feb 10 (IANS) A 30-day, 660-km foot march through Haryana will conclude in Chandigarh Thursday as the opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) backed by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) aims to voice “people’s resentment” against the ruling Congress party.

INLD secretary general Ajay Chautala, son of former chief minister Om Parkash Chautala, has led the Jan Akrosh Padyatra.

“Through this foot march we have gained first-hand experience of the problems faced by the people of our state. They are fed up with the arrogant attitude of the government and want an immediate change,” Chautala told mediapersons at Naraingarh in Ambala district, around 50 km from Chandigarh, Tuesday.

“We have listened to the grievances of people that we met during our march. This government has failed in all the quarters. The crime rate is at an all-time high, fake encounters have been done for the first time in the state, the education system has been dismantled, and our youth are taking to crime out of frustration,” he said.

He added that the government of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda talks about power stations set up in the state during its tenure, but there are still many villages that get only two-hour power supply in a day.

The foot march started Jan 14 from Mohindergarh district and covered 11 districts, 40 assembly constituencies and 662 villages.

Admitting that the INLD also had shortcomings when it ruled the state, Chautala said: “Yes, it is true that we also failed in certain quarters. That is why we could not get the support of people for a new term. Now we want to correct all our mistakes and make a new beginning with cooperation and participation of the common man.

“The present government has illegally twisted all rules and regulations to benefit its near and dear ones. The officials are busy accumulating money by grabbing poor farmers’ land and by imposing new and higher taxes on them,” said Chautala.

Talking about the rally, he said: “I am moved to see the huge public support. We started with only 150 people and now nearly 1,000 people are accompanying us.”

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