Winds of change in Haryana, says Hooda
Holding public meetings in around a dozen villages in Panipat on Tuesday on the second leg of his Jan Kranti Yatra, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda claimed that the “overwhelming response” showed that the winds of change were blowing across the State.Addressing large gatherings at Matloda and Sutana villages, Mr. Hooda reiterated the call to oust the incumbent BJP government and promised to waive the cooperative loans of farmers and the poor. He also announced that old-age pension would be increased to ₹3,000 and hiked every year, if the party was voted to power.Mr. Hooda said the people of Panipat had played a crucial role in bringing about a political change in 2004 when he kicked off his campaign from the district and his party bagged 67 of the 90 Assembly seats. He added that the response to his yatra was indicative of a similar change this time round.‘Drunk on power’ “It seems the people have already made up their mind to rid themselves of this government,” Mr. Hooda said, adding that the State government was drunk on power to give auction notices to farmers who have defaulted on their loans.Mr. Hooda’s vehicle passed through Lohari, Nara, Seenk, Kurana and Ahir villages in the district.Taking on the Chautalas, the former Chief Minister said the Indian National Lok Dal had a tactical understanding with the BJP and the people of the State had seen through its design.