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`DA proposal sent to EC for reconsideration'

By Our Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, APRIL 11. The Haryana Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala, today said that although the Election Commission had earlier rejected the State Government's case of merging 50 per cent dearness allowance of its employees with their salaries, his regime had forwarded the same proposal to it for reconsideration. He said that the proposal had already been passed by the Haryana Assembly during its last session before the announcement of Lok Sabha elections.

Mr.Chautala was talking to mediapersons at the residence of INLD candidate for Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, Harmohan Dhawan here today. He also addressed a meeting of Muslim leaders who have extended support to Mr.Dhawan.

He disclosed that the Chairman of the Police Housing Corporation, B.R.Lall, would now hold the charge of Director- General of Police in place of M.S.Malik, who has proceeded on leave.

He ruled out the possibility of shifting his son, Ajay Singh Chautala, from the Bhiwani constituency to Sonepat. When asked whether he and the Akali Dal leader, Prakash Singh Badal, would jointly address any public meeting in Chandigarh to seek vote for Mr.Dhawan, Mr. Chautala said that he was in touch with him in this regard.

Earlier, while addressing the gathering, he expressed serious concern over the prevailing political uncertainty in the country saying that no one had faith in any one. Everybody appeared over-ambitious to get elected to the Lok Sabha by hook or by crook. "Only God can save the country where the politics was so much polluted. In case we are keen to achieve success, it would be essential for us to first restore faith of the people and assure them that their life and property was safe'', he added.

He claimed that the INLD was the only party which had a secular approach and was concerned about the welfare of all sections of the society. The nation was passing through a critical period and all secular-minded people were worried over the kind of incidents taking place these days. It was, therefore, necessary for all right thinking people to assure the weak that there was no need for panic or mistrust, he added.

He announced that he would address a public meeting here in Sector 22 on April 18. The former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Farooq Abdulah, would also participate besides other senior leaders. He expressed confidence that Mr. Dhawan would emerge victorious.

A number of supporters of Mr. Dhawan including `panches' and former `panches' of the adjoining villages, a member of the Zila Parishad, and a former President of Mahila Mandal of the Congress joined the INLD.

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