25HR01A.qxd 10/24/2013 7:30 PM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b Hisar 33 18 LAND MAFIA 3 Labourers’ plot scam accused yet to be arrested CHANCELLOR’S INTERVENTION SOUGHT 4 GJU teachers demand probe into varsity appointments The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Haryana Plus Chandigarh Friday, October 25, 2013 www.tribuneindia.com Major political parties' rallies to set Gurgaon to have commerce college, girls’ polytechnic the tone for 2014 poll in Haryana Hooda tells his MLAs to come to Gohana smiling and go back flying SUSHIL MANAV TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE SIRSA, OCTOBER 24 All eyes are set on three upcoming rallies which are likely to set the tone for the coming parliamentary elections and assembly elections in Haryana. All three major political parties in Haryana -- the ruling Congress, the main opposition Indian National Lok Dal and Kuldeep Bishnoi's Haryana Janhit Congress -- have announced to hold big rallies in the coming days. While the INLD will be the first to hold a rally on November 1 at Kurukshetra to observe former Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhary Devi Lal's birth anniversary, the Congress has announced to hold a state-level rally at Gohana on November 10. The HJC, on the other hand, will organise a rally on its Foundation Day on December 2 at Hisar this time. The BJP has already organised two rallies in the recent days -- Narendera Modi's rally at Rewari and Rajnath Singh's rally at Sonepat. Realising well that rallies play an important role in electoral politics in Haryana, leaders of all three major political parties are leaving no stone unturned to make their respective events successful. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has given enough indications that he will be making some major pro-people announcements in the rally. Political observers maintain that those drawing social security pensions from the government, including old-age pension and widow pension, could expect a hefty hike in their monthly incomes. Besides, some other people-friendly announcements are on the card as Hooda addresses his rally on November 10. Hooda has himself revealed that he was telling his MLAs to come to Gohana smiling and go back flying. The Chief Minister is expected to highlight major achievements of his government like the construction of 2 lakh rural and 1.5 lakh urban houses for the poor during his term, said a Congress source. Hooda claims that these were more than all the houses built by the Housing Board from 1966 (when Haryana came into being) to 2005 (when he formed the government). He would also highlight his government's achievements on the development front and in agriculture, education and the service industry etc. During his term as Chief Minister, the state had completed four thermal projects (two in Jhajjar and one each in Yamunanagar and Hisar), a women's university at Murthal, 32 road overbridges (compared to 16 from 1966 to 2005) and industrial model townships at Rohtak, Faridabad and Mewat, the Congress has been claiming while mobilising people for the rally. "With such a report card in hand and implementation of schemes like Dal-Roti, which has been benefiting a huge chunk of population, Hooda can rightfully ask people to vote for him again when he addresses them on November 10," said Hoshiari Lal Sharma, spokesperson of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee. For the INLD's Abhay Singh Chautala, his party's November 1 Kurukshetra rally is a double challenge, as it will be the first time that his party will be holding Chaudhary Devi Lal's birth anniversary rally after his father Om Prakash Chautala and elder brother Ajay Singh Chautala are in jail after their conviction in the JBT teachers recruitment case. However, the INLD's state president Ashok Arora and the fourth generation of Devi Lal clan -- Ajay Singh's sons, Dushyant and Digvijay, and Abhay Singh's sons, Karan and Arjun -- have also been working overtime to mobilise people for the rally. The INLD, according to sources, is likely to use the rally to generate sympathy in its favour, as its leaders have already been accusing Congress and the Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for the sentencing of Chautala and his son, though the Congress has been contradicting the allegations by reminding people the chain of events leading to registration of the FIR by the CBI during Chautala's own regime. The HJC's Kuldeep Bishnoi and his men are elated, too, after the BJP's Sonepat Rally where the party leaders set to rest all rumours of any possible break-up in their party's alliance with the HJC. Bishnoi hopes to launch his final poll campaign from the December 2 Hisar rally. The last lap Women busy threshing paddy at a field near Pal Nagar of Karnal district. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar Company fails to complete six-laning of highway Collects `304 toll without completion of the project BHANU P LOHUMI TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE KARNAL, OCTOBER 24 Political parties and NGOs have hailed the stand taken by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) in the Supreme Court against Soma Isolex Rollway, executing the Rs 2,747 crore Panipat-Jalandhar six- laning project, that the location of three existing toll plazas on the road would not be shifted. The project which was scheduled to be completed in November 2011 has already missed five deadlines. Even after the imposition of Rs 67-crore penalty by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the company for delays, nothing has changed. The NHAI had reportedly told the SC that no stretch of the highway had been completed, but the company had already collected Rs 304 crore annually as toll tax. The company was also insisting on shifting the location of three existing toll plazas. The mega-project envisaged six-laning of the 291km road and construction of 120 flyovers, 116 minor bridges, 20 major bridges and 55 pedestrian and twowheeler crossings. The company has stopped work and people are facing problem. Soma Isolex had started collecting toll tax in 2009, even before the work started. It had collected over Rs 1,000 crore till date, the NHAI sources said. The project is being implemented on design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) basis. The state BJP general secretary Chandra Prakash Kathuria demanded the immediate removal of all toll barriers and toll plazas. He said all such toll barrier or plazas should be erected at suitable locations only after the completion of the project. Kathuria said the company was collecting toll fee on incomplete project, which was unjust and unfair. The BJP would launch an agitation in case toll barriers on the highway were not removed, he added. He said the highway had become a death trap and more than 100 people had died in accidents on the road since the work on six -laning project commenced. National Integrated Forum of Artists and Activist (NIFFA) president Pritpal Singh Pannu said the Soma Company could not escape the responsibility as it had opened an incomplete road for the traffic. It had led to manifold increase in accidents, he added. He asked the NHAI to take immediate action against the company for inordinate delay in completion of the project and collecting toll tax on incomplete roads. c m y b Politics of development: College named after rebel MP Inderjit’s ancestor Rao Tula Ram SUNIT DHAWAN/TNS GURGAON, OCTOBER 24 Gurgaon will soon get a commerce college, a polytechnic for girls and an industrial training institute (ITI). Work is also in progress on a 50-bedded hospital in Pataudi township of the district. These facts were stated at a meeting organised to review the progress of developmental works and implementation of the projects announced by the Haryana Chief Minister. The meeting, held at the local mini-secretariat yesterday, was chaired by Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi and attended by senior functionaries of various government departments and agencies. It was also stated that the official procedure for naming the old Delhi road up to the Rezang La chowk as Rezang La road was in progress at the level of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda Rao Inderjit state authorities. The meeting was told that the government commerce college, being established in Sectors 51-52 of Gurgaon on the pattern of the Shri Ram College of Commerce in New Delhi, would be completed by January 2015. As announced by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the college will be named after freedom-struggle martyr Rao Tula Ram. Rao Tula Ram was an ancestor of rebel Congress MP of Gurgaon Rao Inderjit Singh, who is a known detractor of Chief Minister Hooda. Hence, the twin move of establishing the college in Gurgaon and naming it after Rao Tula Ram may score some brownie points for the Chief Minister's camp. The participants were informed that the construction work of a 50-bedded hospital at Pataudi had been restarted and would be completed Continued on page 2
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