Factionalism comes to fore at Congress meeting

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ambala
  • Updated: Jun 04, 2014 22:55 IST

Congress workers supporting chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda indulged in a verbal war with a faction close to Rajya Sabha MP Kumari Selja at Congress Bhawan here on Wednesday.

At a meeting convened by party observer and former MLA Arjun Singh to boost the morale of workers, Selja's supporters walked out, as a district-level officer made an unsavoury comment about Selja.

Both factions levelled allegations against each other later. Several prominent Congress leaders Narinder Pal Singh Shera, Neelam Shamra, Himmat Singh, Vinod Dhiman, Harish Shashan, Seth Madan Lal and their supporters left the hall and started a separate meeting.

Later, District Congress Committee president and former minister Nirmal Singh persuaded workers to attend the meeting, urging them to put up a united front in the assembly elections.

At the meeting later, senior Congress leader Bittu Chawala alleged before Singh that government officials ignored Congress workers and as a consequence, workers felt alienated from the people. He added that this was the main reason for the party's defeat in the Lok Sabha polls.

Addressing party workers later, Arjun Singh informed that Hooda would address workers at Cantt on June 16.

He said that this assembly election would be different, as there would be no Modi wave.

Mayor Ramesh Mal, Ashok Mehta, Hira Lal Yadav, senior deputy mayor Durga Singh Attri also spoke.

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