With Rajya Sabha MPs Kumari Selja, Birender Singh and their loyalists giving Tuesday’s meeting of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) a miss, the stage was set for their bashing. Speaker after speaker complained against them and gunned for their heads in the presence of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, state president Ashok Tanwar and party af fairs in-charge Shakeel Ahmed. Even Congress high command was criticised for sheltering them.
Both Selja and Birender are bête-noir of Hooda. Birender had recently issued a statement that he would not contest polls under the Congress banner if Hooda was again projected as the chief ministerial candidate of the party. He had said that he was not the lone detractor of Hooda as several other senior leaders like former MP Avtar Singh Bhadana, Selja and cabinet minister Kiran Choudhry had also turned against him.
During the HPCC meeting, cooperation minister Satpal Sangwan said that people who indulge in “bayanbaazi” are being promoted. “The action should be taken against them. If every day they keep saying such things, then party will suffer. Hooda has got done maximum works in Haryana…The people who are close to high command are damaging the party more.”
Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, power minister, said, “Self introspection is important (after defeat in Lok Sabha polls)…We should not use media to air our grievances.”
Finance minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha said, “I have not seen such infighting earlier. The CM never says anything. Whichever MLA asked for development work, CM approved it. If the leader doesn’t go to his constituency, how CM could be held responsible for defeat.”
On ticket distribution for upcoming assembly elections, he suggested, “Last time (in 2009 assembly elections), all those who got tickets from Delhi, they lost. Those who got ticket on recommendation of chief minister, majority of them had won. If the tickets again come from Delhi then we would lose.”
MLA Sumita Singh pointed out, “Those who speak against the party and the leadership are sent to Rajya Sabha.”
MLA Anand Singh Dangi reasoned that the party lost in Lok Sabha elections due to opposition within the party and such leaders should be expelled.
Rohtak MP Deepender Hooda while pointing to recent utterances of adversaries said, “The people who give statements against us should be asked do they give such statements against BJP or Modi also.”
Dr Ram Prakash, former state unit president, said, “These people will not go anywhere they will stay here. This export quality material has no buyers. The Congress high command should not listen to them.”
While Hooda said, “Do not worry about any leader issuing statements. These people try to weaken the party. Get united and fight together. We are coming for the third time.”