New Delhi: Responding to calls for his resignation after at least 32 died in Panchkula, Haryana under his watch, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the government had done its work “well”.
“Jo maangta hai, vo maangta rahe. Humne apna kaam acchi tarah kiya tha (Whosoever is asking for my resignation, let them ask. We did our work well),” Khattar was quoted as saying by ANI. Khattar today met BJP chief Amit Shah in Delhi to submit a report on the situation. “We acted with restraint to execute the court’s orders and we succeeded in achieving our objective,” Times of India quoted Khattar as saying after the meeting.
“It doesn’t matter what they [the opposition] say, but we are satisfied with our actions. Whatever we did was right. Now there is peace in Haryana,” Khattar asserted.
The Punjab and Haryana high court had criticised both the state and central government for allowing crowds to gather outside the court where the Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh rape case was being heard, despite knowing that they might turn violent. Dera Sacha Sauda chief Singh was convicted of raping two female followers on August 25 and is now serving a 20-year sentence in a Rohtak jail. After his conviction, his supporters turned violent, damaging property, burning buses, destroying OB vans and using petrol bombs. At least 32 people died in clashes that followed with the police. The state government was harshly criticised for not taking the matter seriously and allowing crowds to gather, which some have said was to placate leaders of Dera Sacha Sauda.
The Punjab and Haryana high court had directed the two states to submit a list of Singh’s properties and assets by Tuesday, which will be attached and used to compensate for the loss of life and property during the violence, the Indian Express reported. The victims have been directed to file claims for compensation by next week. Khattar told ANI that the Haryana state government has complied with the court’s order.