Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Haryana Birender Singh is in a defiant mood these days. The former Haryana minister, who is a vocal critic of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has been demanding his ouster from the leadership role. Singh, who has embarked upon constituency wise workers meeting, spoke to chief of bureau Hitender Rao on the emerging political scenario in Haryana that goes to the assembly polls in about three months.
How do you see the current political situation in Haryana, particularly in view of forthcoming assembly polls?
Birender Singh: Unless the Congress high command changes the leadership in Haryana, things will be difficult for us. The party performed poorly in the Lok Sabha polls.
You said on Sunday that you would not contest under the Congress banner if Bhupinder Singh Hooda continues to lead the party?
That’s right. I won’t.
It seems, however, that the central leadership has decided to persevere with Hooda?
I’m still hopeful that the central leadership will realise that there is a need to change the guard in Haryana. I won’t mind if the high command hands over the reins to any other person than me.
What will be your plan of action if Congress patronage to Hooda continues? Will you join BJP?
I haven’t made up my mind. The BJP though has sent feelers to me.
Is there any possibility of floating a new outfit?
I don’t have the financial muscle which is required to float a party. But if needed, we can explore this option too. My immediate priority is to get Congress’ tickets to my 35-40 supporters.
What transpired when you met BJP national president Rajnath Singh recently?
Not exactly; I met Rajnath Singh only a day before yesterday (on Friday). It was only an official meeting. We did not discuss politics.