Chandigarh June 14: Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal said that one should learn to accept defeat as in democracy if someone wins the other losses.
Mr Manohar Lal was replying to the questions of media persons at the residence of Education Minister Mr Ram Bilas Sharma here today.
When his attention was drawn towards the allegations leveled by the opposition parties on the issue of election to Rajya Sabha, he said as the candidate supported by the opposition has lost the election, they were leveling allegations true to the proverb of ‘Khisyani Billi Khamba Noche’(to show anger after getting embarrassed). One should learn to accept defeat, said the Chief Minister adding that they should themselves find the reason, if any, for their defeat in the election.
In reply to a question regarding votes which were declared invalid during the Rajya Sabha election, the Chief Minister said that the MLAs whose votes were rejected know better as with what thought they voted. He said that it is wrong to put blame on others. It is a democratic system, and all the MLAs have voted freely according to their wisdom. He said that out of the two winning candidates in the Rajya Sabha Elections, one is BJP candidate and other is BJP supported.
On the allegations of change of pen by a MLA during election, he said that those who were leveling allegation could lodge their complaint with the Election Commission. The Chief Minister said that he has come to know that Congress has made complaint to the Election Commission and now it would look after the matter.
In reply to a question regarding the agitation for reservation, he said that this issue could be sorted out through mutual dialogue. He said that administrative officers have started dialogue with the agitators and it is appreciable that they are prepared for talks. Earlier, a meeting with their leaders was fixed for June 15, but now it would be held on June 17 on request made by them. He said that with regard to reservation, an Act was enacted. Though the issue is with the High Court, efforts were being made to get the stay vacated, said Mr Manohar Lal adding that the State Government is vigorously defending the case in the Court. He said that even the government has offered the organizations involved in the agitation that if they intended to hire their lawyer for pleading the case in the Court, the State Government is ready to pay the fee. He reiterated that the State Government is making best efforts with honesty to get the issue resolved.
Others present on the occasion included Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mr Kanwar Pal, Education Minister Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, Irrigation and Agriculture Minister Mr O.P Dhankar, Health Minister Mr Anil Vij, Public Works Minister (Building and Roads) Rao Narbir Singh, Women and Child Development Minister Mrs Kavita Jain, other Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary Mr D.S Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr Rajesh Khullar and other senior officers.