Haryana, tenant in Chandigarh, should have its own capital: Karan Dalal

Amid continued cries of claim between Punjab and Haryana over the union territory of Chandigarh, former Haryana Minister Karan Singh Dalal on Monday called it a “ghisa pita” (expired) which is only raked to mislead the public.

Amid continued cries of claim between Punjab and Haryana over the union territory of Chandigarh, former Haryana Minister Karan Singh Dalal on Monday called it a “ghisa pita” (expired) which is only raked to mislead the public.

Dalal, a former Congress MP from Palwal, told a press briefing that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government led by Bhagwant Mann in Punjab had tabled a resolution in the state assembly claiming Chandigarh just to deceive the public. “And now Haryana is reciprocating by calling a special session of the assembly to pass a similar resolution. Such resolutions have been passed many times before. It is all like ‘Noorakushti’ (a fixed match) to fool people of the two states,” Dalal said.

The former congressional lawmaker said he was not expressing his views as a congressional leader but in a personal capacity because his position was different from that of his party.

Dalal said Haryana should think about developing a new capital for people’s convenience. “I ask all MPs in Haryana to think about the possibility of having the state’s own independent capital. For 55 years Haryana has occupied Chandigarh as a tenant and now is the time to think about an independent capital The Haryanvis do not relate to the culture and language of Chandigarh and are treated there as second class citizens,” he said.

He said that even small states have their own capitals and it is surprising that a state like Haryana has never thought of that.

The former minister said that Haryana’s share would be around 4,400 hectares in Chandigarh land and that the central government should provide financial compensation commensurate with the recovery rate to the government of Haryana for the construction of its own separate capital. He said the resolution passed by the Punjab assembly marred the strong bonds and brotherhood forged between the people of the two states during the farmers’ unrest.

The former MP said that the issue of equitable distribution of Ravi-Beas waters and completion of Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal will not be resolved by simply passing resolutions and making statements. “Measures such as the constitution of a new tribunal by the central government to decide on water sharing will have to be initiated,” he said.

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