Rohtak, September 13 : Former Chief Minister, CLP leader and Leader of Opposition in Haryana Assembly Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday launched the election campaign from his native village Sanghi which falls under his Assembly constituency Garhi Sampla-Kiloi in Rohtak district.
Flanked by his wife Asha Hooda and son and former Rohtak MP Deepender Hooda, the veteran Congress leader paid obeisance at the village temple and sought the blessings of the villagers.
“I have come to seek your blessings and assure you that on coming to power, all announcements made at the Rohtak rally on August 18 will be fulfilled. You know I do as I say and my 10-year tenure as Chief Minister is a testimony to this,” Hooda said while addressing a public meeting at his native village.
Launching a scathing attack on the BJP government in Haryana, the former Chief Minister said the state was on the top in unemployment and there was no check on spiralling prices due to mismanagement of economic affairs by the BJP regime.
“Lakhs of youth have lost their jobs due to the ongoing recession. Automobile and textile industries were on the verge of disaster and many factories are shutting down. The growth rate, share markets and value of rupee are crashing with every passing day and even the small traders and shopkeepers are bearing the brunt of the economic mess,” he maintained.
Hooda stated that all sections of society, including the farmers, traders and employees, were fed up with the functioning of the BJP government.
“The BJP leadership had made 154 promises to the people during the run-up to 2014 elections, but none of them has been fulfilled till date. The farmers are the worst-affected lot and have come under a heavy debt,” he stated.
The former Chief Minister assured the youth that upon the formation of a Congress government, jobs for one member of every family would be ensured and 75 per cent of jobs would be given to state residents on Andhra Pradesh pattern.
Hooda promised to give unemployment allowance to the jobless youth. He reiterated that the Congress government would waive the loans of the landless and other farmers and those having up to 2 acres of land would get free-of-cost electricity.
“The premium for crop-insurance will be paid by the government and not the farmers. The old-age pension will be increased to Rs 5,000 per month. The pay-scale of the Haryana employees will be brought on par with the Punjab government. The state residents will get round-the-clock power supply and the power tariff will be halved,” he maintained.