Leader of the Opposition in Haryana Assembly Abhay Singh Chautala on Sunday demanded a white paper concerning details of all the foreign jaunts of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
He accused the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) government and the CM of making false promises about the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) after each visit. Chautala claimed that none of the visits has resulted in any significant investment.
He also added that after each visit the state government has touted about the number of Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) signed as also the number of job opportunities that would be created for the youth of Haryana.
Terming these announcements as hollow claims, Chautala demanded a white paper so that truth comes out. He said the state government had organised Happening Haryana Summit in Gurugram where it was claimed that MoUs committing Foreign Direct Investment of Rs 5.5 Lakh Crore had been signed.
A little later, a Pravasi Bharatiya Summit too had been hosted where air fares and boarding and lodging for the travel had been paid by the government. “It was followed by similar claims”, said Chautala.
In view of the frequent travels of the CM and the tall claims made by him, it would be in the fitness of things if a white paper was issued so that the truth comes out about the actual foreign investment in Haryana and the number of jobs it has created, said LoP.
He also accused the BJP led state government of trying to shield the Haryana Subordinate Staff Selection Commission and its now suspended Chairman Bharat Bhushan Bharati.
Referring to the ongoing Jail Bharo agitation of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Chautala said that the CM was resorting to untruths regarding the status of the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal.
He said that CM was contradicting himself when he claimed that the issue was still pending before the courts since the Memorandum submitted to the President of India by all political parties of the state had clearly claimed that all legal questions had been settled.
“The truth is that the BJP government is looking for excuses for not pressing for the completion of the canal”, added Chautala. He reiterated the determination of the INLD to go on with its agitation till a final resolution is arrived at.
In this context he announced that on the final day of the scheduled Jail Bharo agitation, the INLD volunteers will refuse to be released and remain in jail. On that day the volunteers will also offer themselves for arrest in all the district headquarters, he added.