Inflation, power shortage are common concernsMay 2nd, 2009 | By Elections2009 | Category: Haryana, States
By Sujay Mehdudia in Bhiwani
In Haryana, Congress banks on Hooda’s performance, INLD haunted by its past
On the Rohtak-Hissar and Hissar-Bhiwani highway in Haryana, one can see women busy in the fields burning the left over roots of the wheat crop, fetching water for their daily needs and men idling away their time around village chaupals or engaged in discussing the polls. The 10 Lok Sabha seats in the State go to the polls on May 7.
The sweltering heat is a dampener as far as electioneering is concerned, with people preferring to stay indoors.
For women voters in the constituencies of Rohtak, Bhiwani, Hissar and Sirsa, elections are of little consequence. Shortage of water, both for drinking and for irrigation, frequent power cuts, and inflation are matters of concern for them despite acknowledging that “massive development” had taken place during the last four years of the Hooda government.
“There is no doubt that development has touched every village and corner and the condition of the roads has improved substantially. There have also been concessions for the girl child as well as women in form of scholarships and pensions but a lot more needs to be done,” remarks Kailasho Devi of Meham village.
However, it is the men who rule the roost in the rural belt when it comes to deciding who they will vote for. “I am not sure who is standing for elections. They have done nothing for our village but our family head will decide for whom to vote,” says Nirmala Devi of Bhattu village.
However, the rising prices of essential commodities and acute shortage of power are matters of concern to the Congress, which is banking on the performance of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to see them through.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal holds a mace as BJP candidate from Amritsar Navjot Singh Sidhu looks on, at an election rally in Amritsar. PHOTO: PTI
Not surprisingly, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) of Om Prakash Chautala, in alliance with the BJP, is focusing on the price rise and power shortage. However, the controversial past of the Chautala regime continues to haunt it. “There was total goonda raj in the State with Chautala and his lieutenants indulging in loot and extortion,” says Sampat Singh of Sirsa.
“The Hooda government has provided relief to all sections of society. We are trying our best to improve the electricity situation and things will be better from next year onwards when a number of projects begin generation. During the Chautala regime, not a single unit of power was added to State’s generation,” says the State Power Minister, Randeep Singh Surjewala.
The government has provided relief to all sections of society, says Minister