The feud within the Haryana unit of the Congress took a new turn on Tuesday, with two party MLAs , who are considered close to former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, coming out public saying that the high command was not listening to their demand to replace state Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, Indian Express report said. The high command also said that nobody wants to contest elections under the current leadership.
According to the report, the remarks of Congress MLAs Kuldeep Sharma and Karan Dalal have come amid speculation regarding the formar chief minister’s chance encounter with PM Narendra Modi in the Parliament and Congress Haryana MLA Jai Tirath Dahiya’s statement that the meeting between Hooda and Modi has a political meaning and may lead to new political equation.
However, Hooda has already played down the chance meeting with the prime minister, saying there is political angle in it. Those leaders close to Hooda said that Narendra Modi had himself walked up to him after spotting him on the last day of the Monsoon session of the Parliament.
“Hooda has been a cm for 10 years, MP four times and state Congress president twice. The PM understands the weight of Hooda and walked up to him,” Sharma was quoted as saying by Indian Express. He further said there was no question of Hooda joining the BJP as his family has been Congress for generations.
When asked on the party high command’s response to their demands, Sharma told Indian Express, “Don’t ask me about the Congress high command. The way Haryana Congress is being run…Congress will not gain strength. The people of Haryana today want to get rid of the BJP government and see the Congress back in power. But for that, the Congress leadership, be it at the state level or the national level, should think deeply as to what kind of leadership Haryana Congress requires.”