Lashing out at chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Rajya Sabha member Birender Singh on Saturday said, “No one is close to me than the Congress. If Hooda leaves the Congress, it will infuse a new lease of life in the party. Today, a time has come where you have to decide the future course of the party.”
Birender Singh was addressing his supporters at Inderdhanush Auditorium in Sector 5, Panchkula. On the Congress’ decision to fight elections under the leadership of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Birender Singh said he would not fight elections but his workers would definitely enter the electoral fray. “Those having strong credentials, too, will get tickets,” he said.
Birender Singh said the state would definitely go for “change”. “The state has been going through unprecedented bad days and this, too, shall pass,” he said.
By “change”, he said, it did not mean change in the party but in the system like in education, art and culture, industrialisation in north Haryana and employment for youths.
“The change won’t necessarily come by a political vehicle. The change will happen in any condition and in any direction,” he said.
Asked about joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and meeting party president Amit Shah, he clarified, “I have never met Amit Shah and neither sought time to meet him. I am not joining the BJP nor have they invited me. I have been a Congressman for the last 42 years.”
“Soon, I would announce a big decision in a rally of about 5 lakh people. The rally would take place either in Jind, Hisar or Kaithal in August,” he said.
Asked whether he is forming a new outfit, Birender Singh jokingly said if Venod Sharma or Gopal Kanda pay him Rs 100 crore, he would form the party. “I do not have money to float a new party.”
He supported the formation of a separate gurdwara management committee for Haryana and said this decision should have been taken three years ago and not near the assembly elections.