2012 yearender: Haryana remained in news mostly for wrong reasons

Bhupinder Singh Hooda

September saw the Supreme Court directing the Haryana Assembly Speaker to decide on disqualification petitions pertaining to five Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) MLAs who defected from their party to join Congress after the ruling party fell short of attaining simple majority on its own in the 90-member Assembly following the 2009 state elections.

Jats started an agitation in February-March demanding quote in state and central government jobs but later suspended it on the assurances of the state government in October.

In August, the NIA filed its second chargesheet in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case before a designated court and named Kamal Chauhan and absconding Amit along with others who allegedly planted the bombs on the cross-border train.

In September, in a blow to Bollywood producer-director Subhash Ghai, the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashed the sale deed of around 20 acres of land purchased by his production house Mukta Arts in Badhsa village in Jhajjar.

In June, former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, who remained in the news earlier for his brief marriage to Anuradha Bali alias Fiza Mohammed, severed his ties with the ruling outfit to join Haryana Janhit Congress (BL), party floated by his late father Bhajan Lal. In August, Fiza was found dead under mysterious circumstances at her Mohali residence.

On the economic front, the Reliance India Limited (RIL) Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Gurgaon was shelved and Mukesh Ambani-led Company was asked by the state government to return the 1,383.68 acres of land it got from the government to the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (HSIIDC).

Also, Nano City - a dream project of Hotmail founder Sabeer Bhatia, which was recommended to be scrapped by HSIIDC for failing to set up the project in Haryana, was finally scrapped.

Earlier, at the London Olympics while boxer Vijender Singh disappointed, grapplers Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt brought laurels to the country and their state by winning a silver and a bronze respectively.

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