Upset with chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for “ignoring” interests of dedicated party workers in the last nine years of the Congress regime, his namesake from Asan village in the district has entered the poll fray as Independent candidate to raise issues of the jobless people.
Bhupinder Singh Hooda, 41, a mattress seller, who presently lives at local Kamal Colony with his wife and a son, was once an ardent supporter of the Congress in general and the chief minister, in particular. However, he alleged that workers like him, who devoted their life to the party, did not get their due.
Talking to HT, the CM’s namesake, who will contest of from Garhi Sampla Kiloi assembly segment, said, “Jab 1999 mein Chautala walley Congress wallon ko gaon mein jhandey nahi laganey dete thi, to mein risk lekar inkay jhandey lagata tha (When, in 1999, INLD workers did not allow Congress leaders to install flags in villages, I used to risk my life to install Congress flags in villages).”
On the reason behind his disenchantment with the CM, Bhupinder, who earns over Rs 10,000-Rs 20,000 a month by selling mattresses across the state, said expecting a job from a party, especially when you have dedicated entire life to it was no crime but the Congress ignored such workers.
“Sonepat sugar mill mein sirf mein akela hi applicant tha, inhonay fir bhi mera kaam nahi karwaya (I was the lone applicant for a job in Sonepat sugar mill, but they could not get me a job),” said Bhupinder, who plans to campaign for himself in his car.
About his agenda in the assembly election, he said, “Ek parivar ek naukari hi mera mission hai aur wo mudda mein apni Hyundai Eon gaadi mein gaon gaon lekar jayunga.
(One family, one job is the mission behind my entering the fray. I will campaign from village to village in my car),” said Bhupinder, who claimed to have worked closely with the chief minister’s nephew Sukhinder Hooda and Bablu, another relative of Hooda.