Lashing out at the Centre, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) chief Ashok Tanwar on Monday said disillusioned by the BJP government’s “good days” rhetoric, people wanted to establish Congress regimes in poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand.
Tanwar, along with Congress legislator party leader Kiran Choudhry, was addressing a workers’ meeting in Jind district on Monday, held to review the party’s poll debacle in Haryana.
However, factionalism came to fore with former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who had been the face of the Congress party in the state for the past 10 years, opting out of the meeting headed by Tanwar and Choudhry.
Downplaying the absence of Hooda, Tanwar said invitation had been sent to all leaders with an open mind, and several other leaders had been assigned different responsibilities in the interest of the party.
Notably, after the Lok Sabha and assembly polls drubbing, it was the first public meeting of the Congress to get into the reasons behind the debacle and to connect with party workers at grass-roots level.
Training the gun at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress state chief said his party would serve the role of a constructive opposition by raising the voice of farmers and government employees, who had not been given their dues.
He said the employees had not been given salary on par with that of neighbouring Punjab, while the farmers had also been denied remunerative prices for their crops.
Expressing concern over women’s safety in the state, Tosham MLA Kiran Choudhry said in Rohtak molestation cases complaints had not been lodged in the first instance neither the victims get any help form women’s helpline number when in distress.