Former Haryana Chief Minister and Congress stalwart Bhupinder Singh Hooda has finally broken silence on his meetings with PM Narendra Modi. Earlier, two meetings between PM Modi and Hooda had sent panic waves in Congress camp. But now Hooda has said that no political meaning should be attached to his recent meetings with Prime Minister Modi in Delhi, according to a report in PTI. “It was a courtesy meeting and no political meaning should be derived from this meeting. Being in political field, we keep meeting several people,” he told reporters here when asked about his meeting with the prime minister in the central hall of Parliament on the concluding day of the monsoon session recently for a brief period, according to PTI.
Asserting that no political meaning should be derived from the meeting, the two-time former CM said, “We know each other personally. We used to sit next to each other (as per seat arrangements in alphabetical order of states) during official meetings of Chief Ministers in Delhi when he was the Gujarat CM. I have good relations, but that is different and politics is different.”
Earlier, according to a report in Jansatta, the Hooda-Modi meetings were nothing but a negative result of not making Bhupinder Singh Hooda the president of Congress in the state of Haryana. Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s two meetings with PM Narendra Modi, that too in one week, has created a political upheaval in Congress. The meetings lasted for only a few minutes but their political meanings are making a big impact. It’s a big signal for Congress top brass, added Jansatta. Noteworthy, it’s been reported that all these developments took place due to mediation by Arun Jaitley and Nitish Kumar.
However, Hooda refused to comment when asked that Congress MLA from the Rai Assembly constituency in Sonepat district, Jai Tirath Dahiya has reportedly said that his meeting with the prime minister has political meaning.
Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar, however, took exception to Dahiya’s reported statement, saying he will take up the matter with party’s senior leadership as Dahiya’s statement was allegedly against the party’s constitution and amounts to gross indiscipline on the part of the Congress legislator.
For the past three years, Bhupinder Singh Hooda has been conveying his wish of becoming Haryana Congress chief to the party’s top brass but the party didn’t pay attention to it. Also, Hooda’s supporters had several times in the past too demanded to remove Ashok Tanwar. The matter has been pending for a long time and reportedly Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has to take a final call on it.
Also, it’s been said that PM Narendra Modi has a good rapport with Hooda.
Now, only time will tell if Hooda joins BJP and gives a big jolt to Congress.