Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday gave a strong message to the detractors within the Congress and said those who wanted to leave the party were welcome to do so.
Though Hooda, who was addressing a meeting of party workers here at his residence, did not name former AICC general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Birender Singh, he said those who could not even manage to win the their own election as MLA were now making tall claims.
Referring to a pre-poll survey, which showed the Congress in poor light, Hooda dismissed it saying how a survey that had been conducted in only 45 assembly constituencies could give results for all the 90 assembly segments in the state. He, however, said according to his survey, 37% vote share was in favour of him and the Congress. Exhorting the party workers to work hard for the remaining 2% more votes, he said with 39% votes, the Congress would be able to form the government for third consecutive term in the state.
While urging the party workers to make the August 24 Panipat rally a big success, Hooda said it would be the largest ever rally in the history of Haryana and it would set a new wave in favour of the Congress in the state.
Hooda who spoke on various welfare schemes of his government said though the outcome of the recent Lok Sabha elections was not as per the expectations of the Congress, the matter of fact is that nobody voted in favour of the BJP for its policies and an atmosphere was created in the country in favour of a particular individual that he had a magic wand with which he could vanish all problems of the people.
Rohtak MP Deepender Hooda, in his address, took a dig at opposition party INLD saying in the Lok Sabha elections it had sought votes in the name of Narendera Modi and not in the name of late Devi Lal.