15HR01A.qxd 11/14/2013 7:29 PM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b . Hisar 27.0 8.1 CREATING HEALTH AWARENESS VC for promoting medical education amomg women 2 POLITICAL TEMPERATURE UP INLD, Cong rallies set the stage for upcoming poll 4 The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Haryana Plus Chandigarh Friday, November 15, 2013 Government in tight spot, but CM nonchalant www.tribuneindia.com One of those days Chance for Hooda to ‘get rid’ of another minister SUNIT DHAWAN/TNS GURGAON, NOVEMBER 14 A Gurgaon court’s order to lodge an FIR against Haryana Sports Minister and his aides in connection with a case pertaining to the use of forged documents for getting voter identity cards made has apparently put the state government in a tight spot. However, immoral conduct, shameful acts, convictions and even imprisonment of his Cabinet colleagues one after the other do not seem to bother Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. On the contrary, according to political pundits, such instances often prove to be blessings in disguise for Chief Minister Hooda, who utilises these god-sent opportunities to get rid of his compulsive partners and lure other MLAs of the ruling party by dangling carrots of Shameful acts, convictions and even imprisonment of his Cabinet colleagues one after the other do not seem to bother Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. On the contrary, according to political pundits, such instances often prove to be blessings in disguise for Chief Minister Hooda, who utilises these god-sent opportunities to get rid of his compulsive partners and lure other MLAs of the ruling party by dangling carrots of Cabinet posts before them. Cabinet posts before them. Hence, registration of criminal cases, conviction and award of jail terms to several associates notwithstanding, the Chief Minister’s camp is not only patting its back for managing a sizeable gathering for a recent rally at Gohana, but also making tall claims of assuming the reins of power in Haryana for a third consecutive term. Allegations like misuse of official machinery for ensuring the rally’s success, bleeding the exchequer for populist measures aimed at electoral gains and roping in labourers and others belonging to the lower socio-economic strata for the rally in return for food and cash have lost their cutting edge because of having been repeated umpteen times by those sitting in the Opposition. Nonetheless, at least the well-meaning electors who have voted their representatives to power do expect them to behave and function in a responsible manner. In the given circumstances marked by the near absence of an organised Opposition, the ruling Congress coming to power yet again despite the anti-incumbency factor and dissidence cannot be ruled out. As far as the state Opposition is concerned, it seems to be in disarray, at least as of now. The INLD’s energies are still focused on getting its top leaders -- former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Singh - released from jail, battling with the imminent leadership crisis in the event of its efforts not bearing fruit, dealing with complex family issues and keeping its flock together despite all odds. The BJP may be riding high on the Modi wave especially after his successful rally at Rewari, but translating the people’s craze into votes and eventually seats, particularly in the absence of a robust network of grassroots-level workers, will be a big challenge for the saffron party leadership. Disgruntled Congress MP and prominent Ahirwal leader Rao Inderjit Singh may appear to be a formidable political force, but according to political observers, he may not be able to make a considerable dent in the electoral outcome as he lacks a support base comprising winnable candidates and supporters capable of turning the poll tide in his favour. Given the political texture of Haryana, all talk of an umbrella coalition may ultimately end up as a damp squib; and even in the event of such a coalition being forged, the electors may tend to look the other way. Opposition bereft of issues after Gohana rally: Gillankhera TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE FATEHABAD, NOVEMBER 14 Gillankhera said by announcing benefits for all sections of society at the November 10 rally, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had left no issue for the Opposition. Gillankhera, who organised a meeting of Congress workers to thank them for ensuring good participation in the rally from Fatehabad, said Abhay Singh Chautala’s utterances that the rally was a “shaktiheen rally” reflected the frustration of a leader rendered bereft of issues.Terming the Gohana rally as the biggest in the country’s political history, the CPS said when Narender Modi addressed a rally at Rewari and Chautalas organised a rally at Kurukshetra, they arranged chairs for people to show that their rallies were a big event. “In Gohana, there was an open ground to sit on and the open sky was the cover and but the rally turned out to be an ocean of humanity,” he claimed. Gillankhera claimed that the Gohana rally was different from other government rallies held during the the INLD regime as there was no misuse of government machinery for it. “People have not forgotten the times when buses and trucks were forcibly taken away by the regional transport authorities and the registration documents of own- ers were returned only after ferrying people to rallies,” Gillankhera said. He said Hooda had changed the face of politics in Haryana by ending the practice of receiving money from people on the dais during rallies. Campaigning against foeticide yields results BHANU P LOHUMI TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE KARNAL, NOVEMBER 14 The campaign against female foeticide and save the girl child has started yielding results in the state. The female sex ratio in the district has gone up from 846 in October, 2012 to 876 during October this year. This improvement in sex ratio has also advanced the ranking of Karnal district from 9th to 8th position in the state. The situation was dismal in 2011. The sex ratio was below 700 in several villages. In some villages it was 681 and 679 as per the data available with the Community Health Centre, Indri and the Primary Health Centre (PHC), Bhadson. However, the ratio improved to 884 and 938 in Indri and Bhadson respectively, during 2012. “The data for 2013 shows astonishing results as the sex ratio has jumped to 1,417 and 1,020 at the two centres,” Deputy Commissioner Vikas Yadav said. The DC said the ratio was more than 1,000 in several other PHC. It had risen to 1,364 in the Popra PHC, 1,377 in Badauta PHC, 1,244 in Nissing PHC, 1,186 in Gagsina PHC, 1,188 in Khukhni PHC, 1,027 in Chaura PHC and 1,008 in Bhali PHC. Yadav said there had been encouraging results from some urban areas also. The sex ratio increased to 960 in Trawari Municipal Committee, 884 in Gharaunda MC, 881 in Assandh MC, 868 in Indri MC, 870 in Nilokheri MC and 852 in Karnal Municipal Corporation. Karnal Civil Surgeon Vandana Bhatia said a special publicity and awareness campaign was launched in 2012 for improving the female sex ratio. Social organisations, NGOs and educational and other institutions were involved in the campaign which yielded results, he added. A strict vigil was maintained on ultrasound clinics and notices were issued to 26 ultrasound centres for alleged irregularities. Licenses of nine centres were suspended. A reward of Rs 20,000 had been announced for those who provided credible information about prenatal sex determination tests. The name of the informer would be kept secret, Dr Bhatia said. c m y b Children beg, dressed as Hindu gods, to earn their livelihood on Children’s Day in Karnal. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar
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