With his party set to return to power for the second consecutive term making a record of sorts in the state, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday said that the Congress High Command will take a final decision on the name of the candidate for the coveted post.
"I am a disciplined soldier of the party...its the high command which will decide on the name of candidate for the Chief Minister's post," an elated Hooda said in Rohtak.
Hooda, who started his day on a normal note by playing badminton, said that there was a set procedure in the Congress that was followed in the nomination of chief minister. "I am a candidate for the Chief Minister's post and not a claimant," he reiterated.
He refuted that he would put pressure on the party High command to retain him as the Chief Minister. "All decisions of the Congress high command will be a binding upon me," he said.
"I will serve the people of the state," he said adding that his agenda would be to further accelerate the pace of development intiated during his last over four years regime in the state.
On his known party critics Birender Singh and Kiran Chowdhary possible jumping in the race for attaining the post of Chief Minister, Hooda said "its good in democracy" adding "there is internal democracy in the Congress."
Notwithstanding the ruling Congress all set to form the next Government in Haryana, the party which the swept the recent Lok Sabha polls had failed to contain the magical figure of 67 seats which it managed in 2005 assembly elections drubbing Om Parkash Chautala led INLD.
Since the creation of Haryana in 1966, the Congress will be the first party in the state to take command of the state in two successive terms.