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Congress blames internal sabotage for Hisar defeat

chandigarh Updated: Oct 22, 2011 01:16 IST
Rajesh Moudgil
Rajesh Moudgil
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The Haryana congress on Friday passed a resolution to write to the national leadership against ones who reportedly worked against the party candidate Jai Parkash in the recent Hisar parliamentary bypoll.

While most of the party ministers, chief parliamentary secretaries and MLAs who were asked to introspect into the party defeat at the meeting convened by HPCC president Phool Chand Mullana, indirectly named some of the leaders, Jai Parkash named senior leader Birender Singh, Union minister Kumari Selja and former MLA from Ghirai (in Hisar) Chhattar Palworked.

Openly naming the three, Jai Parkash held they sabotaged his campaign. He said if the state leadership would not take action in a month's time, he would take more than 20,000 supporters before the high command.

"I have 100 witnesses whom Birender Singh had told to trounce me," Parkash said.

Also, Jai Parkash said that Chhatar Pal, Kumari Selja and even Kiran Chaudhry indirectly helped rival candidates. Raghubir Kadian, MLA from Beri, too named Birender Singh and Kumari Selja who he held had worked against the party and candidate's interests.

Senior party leader and the campaign incharge for the party candidate, Venod Sharma in his address regretted that some of the leaders gave only guest appearance. He said lack of discipline in some of the leaders showed the party and the candidate in poor light.

"The high command must take action against such leaders if the party has to win the trust of its workers," Sharma said.

Education minister Geeta Bhukkal, who was campaign incharge in Uchana assembly segment, also sought action against senior leaders who worked on cross purpose or ``came only once to hold public rally".

The Ambala unit president Nirmal Singh held that though there was a wave in favour of the Congress candidate, there were some senior leaders who campaigned against the party candidate. "All senior senior leaders who worked against the party should be punished," he said.

The Hisar MLA Savitri Jindal in her address, however, expressed her shock over the poll result.

Recalling his meeting with AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi who had called him for feedback, state cooperation minister Satpal Sangwan said he had told Gandhi about the internal strife.

Others who also spoke and sought action against ones responsible for the party rout included industries minister Randeep Singh Surjewala, MLAs Ram Niwas Ghorela, Naresh Selwal, Ram Kishan Fouji, Dharamvir Singh, B B Batra and former MLAs Ram Krishan Gautam and Ranveer Mahendra.

Though they did not name any leader, but openly held that bickering was the cause behind the defeat.

While the meeting was attended by most of the Congress MLAs and ministers, three of party’s senior leaders belonging to the Hisar Parliamentary constituency, namely Birender Singh, Kumari Selja, Kiran Chaudhry and Capt Ajay Yadav were conspicuous for their absence.