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Stir in Hry Assembly over move to rename sports complexes

The Haryana Assembly on Thursday witnessed a pandemonium after Sports Minister Anil Vij said he would consider renaming sports complexes named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, drawing flak from Congress which asked the BJP to apologise for “insulting” national leaders.

The trouble began when ruling BJP member Sham Singh Rana asked if there was any proposal under government’s consideration to construct a modern sports stadium in Radaur constituency. Vij informed the House that there are three Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Khel Parisars in village Barsan, Nagal and Golani in Radaur constituency. Vij said the rural sports complexes named after Rajiv Gandhi will have to be renamed.

While former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was not present in the House at that time, other Congress members, including former Speaker Kuldeep Sharma, Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhary, Karan Singh Dalal and others attacked the ruling benches over Vij’s remarks.
As the tempers ran high, Vij shot back at Kuldeep Sharma, who had demanded that the minister take back his “mischievous” and “obnoxious” thinking.

“Government will decide what it has to do. You (Kuldeep) are not in the government. I am talking on behalf of the government. I am a Minister, you are only a MLA... Who you are (who are you), I am very serious in what I have said,” the outspoken Vij shot back.

Choudhary and Dalal said they would not allow any “insult to their national leaders” and asked the ruling members to tender an apology. CM Manohar Lal Khattar tried to pacify the situation, saying government will only change anything if there is a provision under the rules and if rules wont allow, then it will not take such a step.
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