Haryana Chief Minister Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said that the Committee headed by Finance Minister Mr H. S. Chattha had received about two lakh affidavits in favour of having a separate SGPC in the State and added that the State Government would take the decision which would be in the best interest of the Sikhs in the State.
Mr. Hooda who was addressing a press conference at Jind today was asked to comment on the issue raised by Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal with the Central Government concerning Haryana Government decision on formation of separate SGPC in the State. Mr Hooda said that legal opinion on the issue was being sought by the State Government.
In reply to a another question Mr. Hooda said that the real contest in the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha Elections in the State would be between Congress and BJP whereas the INLD would be wiped out. He said that in the Lok Sabha Elections the INLD managed to win two seats as they misguided the people of the State and sought votes in the name of Mr Narinder Modi. He said that had the BJP contested both these seats on its own symbol, the INLD would have surely lost these seats too. Similarly, Chief Minister of Punjab Mr Parkash Singh Badal had also sought votes by befooling the people that he would make the INLD candidate Minister at the Centre.
On being asked to comment on the decision of the Party High Command that the next Vidhan Sabha Elections would be contested under his leadership, the Chief Minister said that he was just a soldier of the Congress Party and has always worked for the development of the State and welfare of the people. He said that as the decision about the Chief Minister was taken by the legislators and Party High Command, if they both agree, then he would be the Chief Minister for the third consecutive term.
In reply to a question, Mr. Hooda said that a number of development works have undertaken in Jind during the last nine years. However, he is not responsible for development of any individual. He said that Jind has moved far ahead in development as compared to where it stood nine years ago. He said that a Sonipat-Jind railway line was being laid whereas the work on the construction of RoB on Delhi-Bhatinda Rail Line was in progress. Apart from that four laning of National Highway – 71 was also in progress from Punjab-Haryana border upto Jind.