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HARYANA: LALS

THE RED RIDING HOODS

 

One Lal family wants a turf fight; is it an honest battle?
PRAMOD KUMAR | Issue Dated: April 1, 2007
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THE RED RIDING HOODS Until Congress Lok Sabha member Kuldeep Bishnoi began saying that Reliance must not be given so much land (25,000 acres) for an SEZ, you had no interest in the man's existence. He was merely the son of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, not a good enough reason to become an MP. It was only when he began criticising the Congress for moving away from the aam aadmi and catering to business interests that he looked interesting. Bishnoi's argument touches a chord in many hearts who believe that the SEZ concept is basically a scam. Across India, this is the top debate today.

The Congress high command suspended Bishnoi for his efforts. This led his father, Bhajan Lal, to launch another programme aimed at projecting his family as the 'real Congress'. Bishnoi is an enthusiastic part of this. Suddenly, the motive doesn't look noble. Bhajan Lal's heart doesn't so much beat for the aam aadmi as much as it does for his son. This Lal family would be happy if Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was removed. Bhajan Lal is the only non-Jat Chief Minister of Haryana, and he is besically aiming to woo the non-Jats in the State. Hooda has challenged the powerful and established Lal dynasties of Haryana (including the families of Devi Lal and Bansi Lal). Bhajan Lal was famous for his political defections, Devi Lal's family has corruption charges, and Bansi Lal loved the Emergency.

This is probably why the Congress is laughing off Bhajan Lal and his son. "Bhajan Lalís presence doesnít matter at all to the party," AICC General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said. If the turf war is about politics, whatever happened to the aam aadmi? Unless the Lals show some credible sacrifice for the poor, there's no reason to believe them. The Lals have treated the State as their fiefdom. Now, they can't be allowed to.
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