Choudhary Bansi Lal - Jat Leader, Freedom fighter and former CM of Haryana

Chaudhary Bansi Lal (August 26, 1927 – March 28, 2006) was an Indian freedom fighter, senior Congress leader, former Chief Minister of Haryana and considered by many to be the architect of modern Haryana. He was born in Golagarh village in Bhiwani district of Haryana. He served three separate terms as Chief Minister of Haryana: 1968-75, 1985-87, and 1996-99. Bansi Lal was considered a close confidante of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi during the Emergency era in 1975. He served as the Defence Minister from December 1975 to March 1977, and had a brief stint as a Minister Without Portfolio in the Union government in 1975. He also held the Railways and Transport portfolios. Lal was elected to the State Assembly seven times, the first time in 1967. He set up Haryana Vikas Party after parting ways with the Indian National Congress in 1996. Bansi Lal studied at the Punjab University Law College, Jalandhar. In 1972, the Kurukshetra University and the Haryana Agricultural University awarded him honorary degrees of Doctor of Law and Doctor of Science respectively. As a freedom fighter, He was secretary of Parja mandal in the Loharu State, from 1943 to 1944. Lal was president of the Bar Association, Bhiwani from 1957 to 1958. He was president of District Congress Committee, Hissar, from 1959 to 1962 and later became member of Congress Working Committee and Congress Parliamentary Board. He was a member of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee between 1958 and 1962. He was also the chairman of the Committee of Parliament and Committee on Public Undertakings, 1980-82, and the Committee on Estimates, 1982-84.
He became railways minister on December 31, 1984 and later minister for transport.
He was a Rajya Sabha member from 1960 to 1966 and 1976 to 1980. He was a Lok Sabha member -- 1980 to 1984, 1985 to 1986 and 1989 to 1991. After he parted company with Congress in 1996, Bansi Lal set up Haryana Vikas Party and his campaign against prohibition propelled him to power in the assembly polls the same year. Bansi Lal became the Chief Minister of Haryana four times in 1968, 1972, 1986 and 1996. He was the third chief minister of Haryana after Bhagwat Dayal Sharma and Rao Birender Singh. He became Haryana chief minister for the first time on May 31, 1968 and remained in office till March 13, 1972. On March 14, 1972, he occupied the top post in the state for the second time and was in office till November 30, 1975. The third and fourth times he was appointed chief minister was from June 5, 1986 to June 19, 1987 and May 11, 1996 to July 23, 1999. Bansi Lal was elected to the state assembly seven times, the first time being in 1967. After Haryana was formed in 1966, much of the state's industrial and agricultural development, especially creation of infrastructure, took place due to Lal's initiatives. He was elected to the state assembly for seven times in 1967, 1968, 1972, 1986, 1991 and 2000. He was responsible for electrifying all villages in Haryana during his tenure as chief minister in the late sixties and seventies. He was also the pioneer of highway tourism in the state - a model later adopted by a number of states. He is regarded by many as an "Iron man" who was always close to reality and took keen interest in the up liftment of the community. Bansi Lal did not contest the assembly elections in 2005 but his sons Surendra Singh and Ranbir Singh Mahendra were elected to the state assembly. Surendra Singh died in a helicopter crash near Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh in 2005.
Bansi Lal was in the limelight when Emergency was imposed by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1975. He was a confidante of Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi during the controversial Emergency days in 1975. He along with Sanjay Gandhi was said to be responsible for various steps during the Emergency, including a plan to cut off power supply to newspaper establishments and close down courts. He was the defence minister from December 21, 1975 to March 24, 1977 and a minister without portfolio in the Union government from December 1, 1975 to December 20, 1975. Bansi Lal visited a number of countries, including Myanmar, Afghanistan, erstwhile USSR, Mauritius, Tanzania, Zambia, Seychelles, United Kingdom, Kuwait, Greece, West Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy. Bansi Lal died in New Delhi on 28 March 2006. He had been unwell for quite some time.

Millionaires and billionaires in Haryana polls

Over 50 percent of the candidates in the fray for the Oct 13 assembly elections are millionaires and the ruling Congress is leading the pack with 80 percent of its 90 candidates being millionaires and billionaires. Even more startling are the figures of the 42 legislators in the previous assembly who are seeking re-election. Between the February 2005 and October 2009 elections, their assets have increased a whopping 388 percent at an average of Rs.4.8 crore. One legislator has recorded an increase of nearly 5,500 percent in assets in just over four years. The figures have been arrived at by a survey of the contestants done by the NGOs, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW). At least 50 crorepati candidates have admitted to having assets worth millions but have failed to provide any income-tax permanent account number (PAN) - a must for all major financial dealings. The ADR-NEW analysis, done from affidavits filed by the candidates, has found that the Congress has given the poll tickets to 72 millionaires and billionaires while the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has a list of 56 crorepati candidates. Other parties are not far behind - Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) has 44 millionaires, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 41 and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) 29. The average assets of all candidates of the Congress are pegged at over Rs.5 crore while for the INLD and HJC candidates the averages are above Rs.3 crore each.
Millionaire candidates in the February 2005 assembly election were only 19 percent of the 983 contestants compared to over 50 percent millionaires among the 1,222 contestants this time. HJC candidate Mohit for the Kosli assembly seat has assets of over Rs.93 crore while the richest Congress candidate is industrialist-businessman and former union minister Venod Kumar Sharma for the Ambala city seat with assets of Rs.87 crore. One of the richest women in India, Savitri Jindal, who belongs to the Jindal Steel group family and is a Congress candidate for the Hisar seat, has assets of over Rs.43 crore. Ajay Singh Chautala, son of former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, has declared assets of over Rs.28 crore. He is contesting the Dabwali assembly seat. BJP candidate Abhimanyu (Narnaul seat) also has assets of over Rs.27 crore. District-wise, the highest number of millionaires are from Faridabad (45), Gurgaon (37) and Hisar (37). At the other end of the assets spectrum, Ram Niwas, Samast Bharatiya Party candidate for the Israna seat, has declared no assets at all. Kailash Bhagat, INLD candidate for Kaithal, has declared assets of over Rs.63 crore but has liabilities of Rs.55 crore. Former MP and HJC president Kuldeep Bishnoi has declared assets of Rs.17 crore but has liabilities of Rs.12 crore.

Jat demands OBC status in Haryana

The Jat community today demanded OBC status in Haryana ahead of the impending Assembly elections and stated that major issues concerning Jats should be addressed in these elections. ''The major issue of concern for the community is reservation of jobs in states and central government,'' spokesperson of All India Jat Mahasabha and convenor of Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti Tara Chand Mor said. Describing Jats as ''pro-democratic'', he said the community has got reservation and OBC status in states of Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. ''But despite long struggle, we are devoid of OBC status in Haryana and other states,'' he noted.
Stressing upon the community's demand, he said, ''We have suspended the agitation for the time being till elections but the office bearers and workers of Jat Mahasabha and the Samiti have been asked to continue a mass agitation.''.

Diwali Milan 2009 by Jat Officers Social Forum

'DIWALI MILAN-2009 ' of JOSF members along with their families, is being celebrated on Sunday, the 25/10/09 at Rajasthan Jat Samaj Sansthan,Vidyadhar Nagar,Jaipur at 5.00 pm onwards.Coupons are available with departmental Co-ordinators & officer bearers of JOSF.Members are requested to please get coupons well in advance so that arrangements can be done accordingly.
Programmes:
1.Felicitation of outsatnding Achievers,
2.Cultural programme by children /
artists of our samaj,
3.Distribution of scholarships to Inteligent
and needy students,
4.Felicitation of Sr.citizens above 80 years
5.Vote of thanks followed by dinner. ( Total views :48)

Haryana CM Hooda and Jat in General Election

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda tagged his election catchline "Number one". He has emerged `number one' by a distance in Haryana affairs, with the first list of nominations of 68 candidates showing that 64 are his pick. The Congress leadership's overwhelming bet on Hooda comes even as, post-YSR, it is grappling with the question if CMs should be allowed to emerge as satraps. The trouble over succession issue in Andhra Pradesh has jolted the party to the flip side of a strong regional leader without a second rung. Hooda, however, retains the confidence of the high command as has emerged from the nominations for assembly polls. The other local leaders contending for a toehold in state affairs, be it Birendra Singh or suave dalit leader Selja Kumari or Kiran Chaudhary, seem to have come a cropper in their bid to stay afloat in assembly sweepstakes. While 13 sitting MLAs have been dropped, a senior leader revealed that the list has 64 candidates of Hooda's choice. Held out as the clearest example of CM's dominance in candidate selection is Somvir Singh who was opposed by his relative Kiran Chaudhary for having acted against her interests. He has been renominated from Loharu. Also, CM's OSD K V Singh has got the ticket from Dabwali despite opposition from anti-Hooda faction as has Kailasho Saini, a defector from INLD.
While the 22 seats held back for decision comprise mostly those where Hooda's nominees are facing opposition from rivals, it is likely that he would again get the lion's share. For Hooda to stamp his authority in such a one-sided way in nomination process demonstrates his continuing honeymoon with the leadership, an impressive feat given that five years ago he was installed by sidelining Bhajan Lal. Importantly, putting all its eggs in the Hooda basket shows that Congress does not mind deepening the social shift it announced in its strategy by giving its leadership to a Jat leader. It marks a big change from traditional party line when non-Jats formed the Congress base, in opposition to the INLD which represented the strong agrarian community. Congress feels its Jat experiment is a runaway success as it has triggered an exodus from the original Jat tent of INLD, a headstart in elections. Besides, a failure of non-Jat outfits like BSP, Haryana Janhit Congress and BJP to forge an alliance is a boon for the Congress.

Jat Community will decide Fate of Congress in Haryana

Haryana is state where maximum people belongs to Jat Community and Congress is looking to build himself as a Jat party in Haryana. If the party wins the upcoming Haryana elections with its Jat chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda as the poll mascot, then the party’s gambit to give up its non-Jat identity in the face of a severely divided Opposition and a damaged Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) would have paid off, as it promises to do. In keeping with this plan, the party has nominated a sizeable number of Jats to contest the October 13 assembly polls.
Under Mr Hooda too the party is attempting to prevent an erosion of its non-Jat vote base. It has given 10 tickets each to Punjabis and Dalits, five to Yadvas, four each to Banias and Gurjars and nominal representation to other small groups. But, whether this strategy will be successful is difficult to say. The breakdown of vote share from the Lok Sabha results reveals that Congress’ show of strength was powered by the fragmentation of the opposition vote. Congress got just 41.77% of the votes. INLD and BJP bagged 12.09% of the votes each, BSP, which had only 4.98% of the votes in the 2004 Lok Sabha polls, managed to secure over 15% and the new-formed HJC cornered 10%. Such a fragmentation is on the cards again with no alliance between INLD and BJP and even the BSP-HJC tie-up coming undone. However, a section of Congress is not willing to write off INLD, which is strong in the Hissar, Sirsa and Rohtak regions. Also, Hooda-baiters such as Union minister Kumari Shelja, state minister Kiran Choudhary and MP Rao Inderjit Singh could queer the pitch if not reigned in by the high command. However, if the Jats rally behind Congress in a block as they are expected to do, Mr Hooda’s poll claim of being “number one” might be heard for much longer than the duration of the election campaign.