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Congress came out in protest against Haryana government’s ‘Right to recall’ bill

Kumari Selja

The Congress has opposed the Right to Recall Bill passed in the Legislative Assembly last day by the Haryana government. Congressmen termed this bill as an attack on democracy, calling this bill as anti-people. Along with this, the Congress has also demanded a high-level inquiry into the deaths due to poisonous liquor while they have also demanded to withdraw the decision to increase MBBS fees in medical colleges in the state.

Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chairperson Kumari Sailja said that the Right to Recall bill brought by the government in the Haryana Assembly under the Panchayati Raj is an attack on democracy. She questioned that when the provision of Right to Recall is not for MPs, MLAs, why is it being brought against the Panchayati Raj and the Mayor in Haryana?

Sailja said that this would halt development work. The bandh in the villages will be encouraged and social fabric will be broken. This will create an environment of constant instability. Repeated elections will also waste money and resources. Repeated elections will be held if the candidate is started to be rejected.

Election is an expensive process, where government money is spent, as well as spent by candidates. If elections are held repeatedly, there will be economic as well as social problems. Sailja said that this provision brought to and fro by the government is not rational in any way. They are completely anti-people. 

She said that without talking to opposition parties, without taking feedback the bill was passed in the Assembly. Sailja added this bill states that the intention of the government is not good at all. Sailja has questioned the Haryana government’s decisions regarding deaths due to poisonous liquor in Haryana and increase in MBBS fees in government medical colleges. He said that more than 40 people have died due to poisonous liquor in many parts of Haryana state and this figure is increasing day by day. 

Saila questioned on whose instigation is the activity of the fake liquor gang in the state? She said This is another great example of the broken law and order situation in Haryana. She said “BJP-JJP government of Haryana is responsible for this. Earlier, this government did the work to cover the liquor scam in Haryana state in lockdown and soon after deaths due to poisonous liquor, Chief Minister Manohar Lal immediately got a high-level inquiry and demanded strict action against the culprits.”

Salja said that this government wants to deprive the poor from education. The government is increasing the MBBS fees in medical colleges from 53 thousand to 10 lakh. This increase is not tolerable at all. This increase is a setback to the interests of the youth of Haryana. There is no such fee of MBBS in any government college of the country. After all, why is the BJP-JJP government of Haryana taking such a decision following the pattern of the central government. This increase should be withdrawn with immediate effect.

It is to be noted that during the current session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha the ‘Right to Recall’ bill for gram panchayats was passed on Friday. After the implementation of this bill, now the villagers have got the right that if a sarpanch is not working properly then it can be removed before the term is completed. After the implementation of this new rule, there has been a possibility of a revolutionary change in the matter of rural development by the sarpanch.

Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala said that the dream of ‘Right to recall’ was seen by the former Deputy Prime Minister of the country, Chaudhary Devi Lal.

Under this tule to remove the sarpanch, 33 percent of the voters of the village will give a complaint in writing ‘antitrust’ to the officer concerned. This proposal will go to the Block Development and Panchayat Officer and CEO.

After this, a meeting of Gram Sabha will be called and discussion will be held for 2 hours. A secret ballot will be held immediately after this meeting and if 67 percent of the villagers vote against the sarpanch, the sarpanch will be relieved. A motion of no confidence can be brought under this rule only one year after the sarpanch was elected.

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