CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar Thursday sought to downplay the BJP-led ruling waiver’s performance in civic polls, saying it was satisfactory “despite strange circumstances”.
Asked whether the BJP failed to meet expectations in these polls, Khattar said the party had performed satisfactorily “despite strange circumstances”.
Although he did not specify what these “strange circumstances” were, he said the polls were held amid farmers’ protests against the three central farm laws.
In the elections for the town hall of Panchkula, Ambala and Sonipat, the BJP succeeded in winning in Panchkula.
Polls were also held to elect the president and members of municipal corporations, the Rewari municipal council and the Sampla, Dharuhera and Uklana municipal committees.
Khattar said the BJP recorded a victory in 36 city wards against Congress‘s 19.
During a press conference, Khattar also described various initiatives taken by his government for the well-being of various sections of society this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Regarding Congress’ demand for an extraordinary session of the Assembly to pass a motion of censure against the state government, Khattar joked: “If we won 36 wards and the 19th Congress, that too even in strange situations, isn’t that a warrant?
“There is no need to convene the Vidhan Sabha session now, it will be held at its own time in February or March,” he said.
When asked if the BJP would fight next year’s Panchayat polls on the party symbol, he replied: “Normally we never conducted polls on the party symbol, we will decide when these polls will be held. will take place.”
Regarding the issue of farmers, he said that the Center was already engaged in discussions with them.
“We hope the problem will be resolved soon,” he said.
Describing various initiatives for farmers, he said: “In Haryana, what we have done for farmers in six years, probably no other state would have done.”
“For example, we ensured a smooth supply of crops, we launched Bhavantar Bharpai Yojana (Price Difference Compensation System) so that farmers are protected against price fluctuations.”
The state also purchases seven other crops including moong, corn, sunflower and groundnuts on MSP, he said.
Seeking to ensure that the MSP will continue, he said: “I said earlier also that in Haryana MSP would continue and if there is a threat, Manohar Lal will leave politics.”
He said a Rs 7,000 crore international level fruit and vegetable mandi was being created in the state.