Chandigarh, March 2, 2019:
Welcoming the directions given by the Supreme Court regarding the ‘misadventure’ of the Haryana Government in piloting the Punjab Land Preservation (Haryana Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the State Assembly recently, the State President of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Ashok Arora has demanded the immediate resignation of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar
In a statement, he recalled that during the current Vidhan Sabha session, while speaking on the Governor’s address, legislators of the INLD had criticized the Government’s move to bring in the proposed amendment to the PLPA Act but their protests and warnings were brushed away.
He said that it was a brazen act of the Khattar regime to ignore the pleas and arguments of the INLD, other political parties and environmentalists and therefore has been aptly rapped by the Supreme Court.
The warning of the Court that any further step in that direction will invite contempt of court is timely and will provide relief and hope to all. He added that the remarks of the Supreme Court that it appeared that the said amendment had been carried out to oblige a chosen few friends of the Government were an indictment of the manner in which this Government has been working.
Mr.Arora also reminded that not too long ago the Supreme Court had expressed astonishment at the fact that a private mining company with interests in Dadam, Bhiwani had bypassed all administrative norms and directly approached the Chief Minister who had no hesitation in entertaining his plea. Thus, he concluded, the Khattar Government was guilty of serial offences as far as promoting crony capitalism in the State was concerned.
He further accused the BJP of showing scant respect for the environment and ecology of the State by insensitively promoting builders and destroying forest cover. He pointed out that as it is the State barely has a forest of about 3 per cent of its area and that is why it is imperative that it is nursed properly so that ecological balance is maintained.
He asserted that in recent years the BJP