Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar has termed the BJP as 'Bhagode Jodo Party' (party comprising deserters of other parties). "It is what the BJP is all about in Haryana as it does not have any leaders of its own," Tanwar told HT on Friday when asked to comment on some Congress leaders joining the BJP at the latter's August 14 rally in Mahendergarh.
The state Congress president said he expected people to see through what he termed as the selfish motives of these deserters whose wishful thinking was that they would win with the change of party not realising that for people they remain the same.
"The BJP is an urban party and the INLD a rural outfit, while the Congress has support of people from all strata of society pan-state. The people of Haryana know it and would not allow the BJP or goonda-raj (rule of lawlessness) to come to power," he said.
To another question, Tanwar said apart from former Haryana Congress president Phool Chand Mullana, there were also some other sitting MLAs who wanted their sons to contest in their place in the ensuing assembly elections in the state.
"However, it is the party high command, which would decide who to field according to the winnability of the candidates," he added.
To a question whether all the sitting MLAs of the Congress had applied for the ticket, Tanwar said though there were some who had not, their names would automatically be considered by the central election committee as it was statutory as per the party norms. "Even I had not applied for the ticket for the Lok Sabha elections, but the party wanted me to contest, so I did," he said, adding that he was not going to contest assembly polls.
On some leaders projecting themselves through banners and hoardings much ahead of the assembly polls throughout the state, Tanwar said some workers thus sought to draw attention within and outside the party, which was their right.
About the upcoming manifesto of the Congress, Tanwar held it was going to the youth-centric and assembly segment-centric.
Freedom at last for Birender
When asked to comment on Congress veteran Birender Singh leaving the party, Tanwar took a dig at him and said it was good that the Congress finally gave Birenderji the freedom. "Of course, every party suffers a loss whenever any of its leader or worker leaves it and in case of Birenderji, it was a long association for about 40 years during which the Congress had given him a lot, yet he left," Tanwar said.