Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Phool Chand Mullana on Sunday denied that the rebel Gurgaon parliamentarian Rao Inderjit Singh has resigned from the party.
On September 23, the former union minister had announced to quit party at a function in Rewari, in south Haryana.
A strong critic of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the three-time Lok Sabha MP had ruffled ranks in the party after he demanded that the land deals involving Robert Vadra, the businessman son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi be investigated.
Singh had also floated Haryana Insaaf Manch. However, Mullana, who accompanied the co-incharge of the Haryana Congress party affairs Asha Kumari, told reporters here on Sunday that Singh had submitted in writing to the party high command that he had not quit the party.
To a question that the Gurgaon MP may attend a political rally of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in Kurukshetra on November 1, both Kumari and Mullana said that the top Congress leadership was entitled to take action if it happens.
"In fact it is a hypothetical question on Singh's participation at a rally of the opponent party. He has already clarified that he had not quit the party and being a Congressman he would not share a public platform with political opponents," Mullana said.
However, Kumari said in case of violation of discipline, a committee headed by AK Antony may initiate action against Singh, if needed.
Both senior Congress leaders denied that there was any rift at any level in the party fold.
"An elected representative is expected to raise voice for more developments for his or her segment. But raising voice doesn't amount to political revolt and I have observed an absolute discipline in all ranks. If the party leaders or workers have any grouse, the incharge of Haryana affairs Shakeel Ahmad will be apprised," Kumari said.
On Kumari Selja's recent public outburst against the lopsided development in Ambala parliamentary segment, Asha Kumari denied that any such issue was taken with the central leadership.
"All developmental projects in Haryana are initiated as per the requirement and feasibility in respective areas. Some pockets may need more developments, but it will be wrong to suggest that development is concentrated in few districts or areas," she said.
DFSC's presence raises eyebrows
Presence of district food and supplies controller (DFSC) Ravinder Malik at the press conference called by the HPCC raised may eyebrows.
Malik is the son-in-law of Anand Singh Dangi, an influential Congress legislator from Meham in Rohtak. Sources in the district administration said that Malik has been posted in Karnal for more than eight years now, which is an uncommon practice.
According to sources in the Congress, the leaders had come to oversee the arrangements of vehicles meant to transport party supporters for the political rally scheduled to be held in Gohana, Sonepat in November.
Initially, the DFSC took a chair on the dais at a local hotel, where Congress leaders sat to address the press, but later, he sat on a sofa in the conference hall and joined Phool Chand Mullana, Asha Kumari and other Congress leaders for lunch.