I will not contest assembly polls under Hooda: Birender

  • Sat Singh, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Jun 23, 2014 11:06 IST

Upping the ante again, Rajya Sabha MP and veteran Congress leader Birender Singh said that if the Congress fought the October state assembly polls under chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, he would not contest the polls.

Birender Singh, a well-known Banger area leader, said this while addressing a rally — Insaaf Jansabha — at Jind on Sunday.

Singh, who has strained relations with Hooda on the issue of chief ministership said that he would not tolerate him anymore and would like to accept the wish of party high command (read Sonia Gandhi), if it projects any other leader as chief minister candidate.

The prominent Jat leader who is also descendant of great reformist Chottu Ram had blamed chief minister Hooda for his defeat in the 2009 assembly polls from Ucchana assembly segment against Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo Om Prakash Chautala.

Training guns at Hooda, he said that while chief minister had been rejoicing victory of his son Deepender Singh Hooda from the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat, but not taking the blame of defeats on nine parliamentary seats in the state. Accusing Hooda of regional bias in development, he said that the chief minister has pushed the party to its poorest tally by choosing to make development on the basis of region.

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