Knives are out in the Congress after the BJP stormed its bastions Maharashtra and Haryana in the assembly polls marking a saffron surge in new territories.
Dissension in Haryana Congress unit came to the fore with former Union minister Kumari Selja, a known detractor of outgoing chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, gunning for his head saying the responsibility of the defeat should be on him.
With the assembly election results in Haryana giving the BJP a clear majority to form the next government and the Congress tally coming down to a mere 15 in the 90-member assembly, Hooda was under fire from Selja. “I think the responsibility should be on him because he enjoyed total, absolute unbridled power for last 10 years as chief minister,” she said when asked how much does she blame Hooda for the defeat.
She also said her relationship with Hooda also affected her campaigning during the polls. Selja alleged that even the ticket distribution as well as campaign and publicity were “more or less one sided”.
“A lot of people were consulted in ticket selection but by the end when tickets were finally given out, it was heavily loaded in his favour,” she said.