Cong MLA who recommended awards for Apna Ghar accused, raises issue, faces House heat

The Apna Ghar scandal rocked the Haryana Assembly's budget session on Tuesday as the main Opposition, the INLD, cornered Congress MLA B B Batra who along with another party legislator Anand Singh Dangi had recommended the shelter's home incharge and prime accused in the case Jaswant Devi for various national and state empowerment awards - over the issue.

Batra was suggesting measures to curb crimes against women after a few legislators had called for a motion on the issue when the INLD legislators began targetting him over the Apna scandal. Batra and Dangi had given recommendation letters to the now jailed Jaswanti Devi on basis of which she got the various prestigious awards.

As the INLD legislators refused to relent, an infuriated Batra asked Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kuldeep Sharma to grant him 10 minutes to clarify his position. "It is not right the way INLD legislators keep issuing statements in the media and target me and Mr Dangi on the Apna Ghar issue. The facts are not the same as they (INLD legislators) project. Either they should refrain from issuing such malicious statements and levelling allegations against me or I should be allowed to state the facts before the entire House," Batra pleaded.

The INLD legislators, however, continued to point fingers at Batra and Dangi for their questionable role in the Apna Ghar case. Despite repeated requests, Batra was not allowed by the Speaker to explain his position and he was asked to restrict himself to the Governor's address.

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