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No reason to quit over handling Dera crisis, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar says

On Sunday, Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra said Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar should resign taking responsibility for the violence that followed the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has ruled out his resignation.

“There will not be any change (in leadership). Anybody can say anything but we are satisfied with our work. Whatever we did was right,” he told reporters at Haryana Bhawan after submitting to BJP chief Amit Shah a report on state government’s response to the law and order challenge in the wake of Dera chief ‘s conviction.

Khattar claimed government acted with “restraint” as the first objective was to ensure that the self-styled godman appeared before court in Panchkula, otherwise, it could have amounted to contempt of court.

The state government has been under trouble for allowing Dera followers to gather in Panchkula.

“We acted with restraint. We achieved our aim,” he said .

The CM claimed that it was because of the tactful handling that no untoward incident was reported .

“He (Gurmeet) could have used an excuse for not turning up in court. Our first aim was to ensure that he reached the court premises,” he added.

BJP insiders say Haryana chief minister has to be careful hereafter as top officials is not happy with the way his government initially responded to the challenge thrown at it by Dera followers.

38 people were killed in the violence that followed after Dera chief was convicted.

“We used mimimum force but, at the same time, no leniency was shown to those indulging in violence. I have explained to the party president that the best possible efforts were made and government did its best”, he said.

“Our leaders might have met Dera chief but not around the time of his conviction,” Khattar claimed.



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