North India Kaleidoscope Bureau
Accepting the challenge posed by former Haryana Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala to contest electoral fight, senior Congress leader and the national media in-charge of the Indian National Congress Randeep Singh Surjewala on Sunday described the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) as the ‘B’ team of the BJP and announced that he was ready to contest from any place of Mr. Chautala’s choice.
Mr. Surjewala was addressing a well attended ‘Bangar Adhikaar Rally’ in village Chhatar.Former minister Bachhan Singh Arya, former MLAs Ramesh Gupta,Pawan Diwan and Phool Singh Balmiki, Haryana Kisan-Khet Mazdoor Congress President Bhupinder Singh Phogat,Haryana Krishak Samaj President Ishwar Nain and other senior Congress leaders also addressed the rally.
Responding to Mr Chautala’s “diatribe”, Mr. Surjewala expressed surprise on why Mr. Chautala was trying to befool the people and his own partymen when he knows it so well that he cannot contest elections for ten years after completion of his jail term. “I respect Mr. Chautala as an elderly person but if he is so keen to contest an election against me, we have already contested four elections against each other and I am ready to contest against him on any seat of his choice,” he added.
Launching a scathing attack on the INLD, Mr.Surjewala accused the INLD and the BJP of hobnobbing against the Congress and the people of the state. .
Mr. Surjewala said that the BJP regime had completed almost four years of governance in the Centre and in the State and the time has come for their performance to be evaluated. All the sections including students, youth, farmers, labourers, shopkeepers, traders, poor are disappointed with the “performance” of central and state Governments and time has come to dislodge the anti-people and anti-farmer governments from the power, he asserted.
Referring to the ill-effects of GST on the day to day life of the common man and the farmers, Mr. Surjewala said that while defining the tax rates of GST, the government did not contemplate or consider the impact of high GST rates on the common man. The BJP Government was the first government in the history of independent India which had imposed heavy taxes on farmers in the garb of GST on pesticides, fertilisers, diesel and farm parts.