Haryana power minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, who had resigned from the state cabinet two days ago, is likely to withdraw his resignation.
Capt Yadav, who met the AICC general secretary incharge of the state, Shakeel Ahmed, in Delhi on Wednesday, told HT on Thursday that he was yet to decide on whether to withdraw his resignation or not, and that he would discuss the matter with his workers and subsequently announce his decision on August 2 in Rewari.
"I met the AICC general secretary Shakeel Ahmed on Wednesday and he told me that my demands would be met with and Sonia Gandhi wanted me to withdraw my resignation. But I have to discuss the matter with my supporters and take their opinion before announcing my decision. I am holding a meeting with them on August 2 in Rewari," Capt Yadav told HT. He said he had since long been seeking a medical college, a university and adequate employment to the youth of his (Rewari) constituency.
Capt Yadav had submitted his resignation to chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on July 29, and squarely blamed the latter for the step alleging lopsided development, bias in recruitment for government jobs and total neglect of his constituency Rewari. Cap Yadav also accused Hooda of pampering Rohtak, Sonepat and Jhajjar districts falling in the parliamentary constituency of his son Deepender Hooda at the cost of other areas. He also slammed the recent appointments of the information commissioners which, he held, were filled with bureaucrats.
Irrespective of Capt Yadav's decision on or after August 2, his move came at a time when the beleaguered party was preparing for the assembly polls after suffering a debacle in the Lok Sabha elections around three months ago.
Known for blowing hot and cold, the Ahir leader, had earlier too shown a defiant streak. In 2011, he had questioned the land acquisition policy of state government and was subsequently stripped of finance, irrigation and environment portfolios and given power portfolio. He later patched up with Hooda. In 2012, he was again at loggerheads with Hooda demanding fullfledged university in his constituency. However, a few days ago only, he could be seen taking great pains to explain his loyalty to Hooda.