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17-23 October 2014

RNI No. HARENG/2011/39319, Postal Regn. No. GRG/35/2012-2014

Vol. 4 No. 9  Pages 24  ` 10

There's change in the air { Abhishek Behl / FG }

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hile Haryana broke all records in coming out to vote in an election where people seem to have voted for change, Gurgaon as usual lagged behind, though thankfully a large number of people came out and voted at the end of the day. The polling started at a very low note in both Gurgaon and Badshahpur - unlike during the Lok Sabha polls, when the Aam Aadmi Party had enthused the urbanites and brought them out in large numbers. With polling being slow in the morning even in urban villages, only 30 per cent had cast their vote by noon. In DLF Phase 3 the turnout was abysmal. Prem Bhatia, a resident of Sushant Lok Phase 1, said that while there still was enthusiasm, this time there was no wave – maybe because the ‘main job’ (of changing the Congress at the Centre) was already taken care of. "The educated elite also seem to have little interest in local leaders and

politicians, and are even fairly insensitive to local issues,” added Bhatia. It seems that these urbanites have gone back to their erstwhile behaviour – of hoping and wishing for change, without getting their hands wet (or even their fingers inked). However, the residents of Wazirabad village had lined up in large number at the start of the day itself. Sunil Yadav, a resident, said that people in the Village had voted in large number for the BJP, and they are hoping that this will ultimately contribute to the emergence of Rao Inderjit Singh as the CM candidate. This time the Yadavs of South Haryana are fairly confident that the State will see a CM from their region - which has seen little development. The villagers also want to punish the Congress for siding with the builders, and alleged that both the individual as well as village land had been usurped by unscrupulous people with the blessings of the Hooda government. While Wazirabad seemed to root for BJP, there was also good support for INLD, which had fielded veteran leader Gopi Chand Gehlot, who had earlier won the Gurgaon seat as an Independent

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MLA. The migrants mostly seem to have voted for the BJP as, outside of their home States, they wish to identify more with the national parties. The individual candidate seems to have mattered less, which should benefit Umesh Aggarwal as well as Rao Narbir Singh (not the most popular of BJP candidates, from Gurgaon and Badshahpur respectively). What seems surprising is that Gopi Chand Gehlot, of the INLD, a Party that has little presence in ‘private’ colonies and is identified mainly with Jaats, has also got good support in these areas; INLD was active in all the booths. The Congress is basically banking on the support from the Punjabis and Banias, to ensure the victory of Dharambir Gaba. Sukhbir Kataria, the sitting MLA of Gurgaon, against whom a number of cases of bogus voting have been filed, also performed strongly in his pocket borough of Gurgaon village, the colonies around the IAF Depot area, and also some of the unauthorised colonies. His performance, and that of Gaje Singh Kablana, another Contd. on p 6 

Justice delayed...and denied { Abhishek Behl / FG }

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he disqualification of five Haryana Janhit Congress MLAs - who had shifted their allegiance to the Congress in 2009 to support the Congress government led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda - comes at a time when that government has almost completed its tenure. This has raised serious questions on the entire political and judicial process, which seems to have conspired to ensure that a 'minority' government was able to survive and rule with ease. A decision was given just about when it no longer seemed to matter. The Punjab and Haryana High Court gave the decision last week, directing that Haryana Janhit Congress MLAs Satpal Sangwan, Vinod Bhayana, Narendra Singh, Zile Ram Sharma and Dharam Singh, who had joined the Congress, should be disqualified


G had very recently (Issue 7, October 3 to 9) written on this, under a Page 1 story titled ‘A Mockery of Justice? Excerpts: ‘Two cases that could have made a great impact on the politics and governance of Haryana involve, first, the five MLAs of the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), who had switched sides to the Congress in 2009 - ensuring that the Congress could form a government led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda. The shift in loyalty by the MLAs led to a prolonged legal battle against the Congress by Kuldip Bishnoi, the leader of HJC. However, five years, the full tenure of the ruling Party, have passed, and the matter is still to be decided by the High Court! It amounts to a mockery not just of justice, but also the election process. Now, whether the Court upholds the switch or declares it illegal, there is little relevance left. Even if the Congress is found guilty, can all decisions of the ruling Party really be overturned?... The second case, equally serious, and seemingly unrelated, involves the Gurgaon MLA and a Minister (sports) in the Hooda cabinet, Sukhbir Kataria. This case is not really unrelated, because it also pertains to the 2009 Assembly elections, and Kataria, though having fought the polls as an Independent, went on to support the Congress. Multiple FIRs have been slapped against him, for facilitating ‘bogus’ voting by the use of ‘fake’ voter ID cards, to ensure his victory. Cases have been framed against Kataria under the sections of cheating, preparing and using fake documents and criminal conspiracy’.

for defection. The High Court said that there is no proof that these HJC MLAs had merged their Party with the Congress, and the decision by the Speaker was against the Constitutional mandate. The High Court even said that the decision of the Speaker was egregious, and was not vitiated merely by an error in reasoning. In fact the Order held that the decision of the Speaker was malafide, and meant to ensure that the Congress government could continue. It added that, with four out of five MLAs being made ministers in the government, the entire exercise was a bargain to ensure defection. The Judge asserted: ‘If I say that the decision of the Speaker in the first instance, on November 9, 2009, was against the constitutional mandate, I say so because the letter written by the legislators on November 9, 2009, and the decision Contd. on p 6-7 

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