INLD accuses govt of regional bias

The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) on Monday accused the Haryana government of regional bias. Party MLA Babu Lal drew the attention of the House towards the government's alleged bias against South Haryana. "Mirpur Regional Centre has been denied the status of a university, though one of the state's ministers was in favour of it," Lal said.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal listed the measures taken by the government in South Haryana, but he was interrupted by Speaker Kuldeep Sharma claiming that the progress of the state should be seen in totality and not according to different regions.

Earlier, Haryana Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Randeep Singh Surjewala said the government would ensure strict action against those creating illegal colonies in the state. He added that the government had identified 542 colonies for regularisation, but the process was put on hold as it was under trial.

Power Minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, while replying to a question, said the government had launched a scheme to supply power from rural domestic feeders to dhanies (hamlets). "Fifty per cent of the expenses that will be incurred in shifting such dhanies to rural domestic feeders will be borne by the state government and 50 per cent by consumers," Yadav said. He added that so far, 97,616 consumers of 444 feeders had benefitted from the scheme.

On Chautala-Speaker war of words

RANDEEP SINGH SURJEWALA: For the first time, I have seen these kind of aspersions being cast on the Chair. The Leader of Opposition must withdraw his remarks and apologise to the House and to the Chair as well. Such behaviour and language is unacceptable.

BHUPINDER SINGH HOODA: I take strong objection to such remarks and aspersions cast on the Chair by Om Prakash Chautala. He must withdraw his remarks.

ANAND SINGH DANGI: This is not the way to behave in the House. The aspersions cast on the Chair must be expunged.

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