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I am not in race for HPCC presidentship, says Birender

india Updated: Aug 04, 2013 20:40 IST
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Senoir Congress leader Birender Singh on Sunday said he was not in the race for presidentship of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC).

Addressing a press conference at Koel Tourist Complex here on Sunday, Rajya Sabha MP Birender Singh said he was, however, working wholeheartedly to strengthen the party in the state and would continue to do so.

"A party organisation has to be strong if it has to come to power and I am exactly working towards that end," Singh said.

He said his remarks "Rajya Sabha seat for Rs 100 crore" were quoted out of context. "What I had stated was that money plays a big role in politics, which is dangerous for democracy," Singh said.

The point that he was trying to drive home was that in such a situation nobody would be left to raise his voice for the poor, Singh said.

Singh claimed that several people had hailed his remarks on Facebook.

He would send invitations to Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, present and former MPs and MLAs from the state and office-bearers of the party to join the Sadhavna rally at Jind on August 20, Singh said. The rally would be addressed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, he said.

Gandhi would launch the Food Security Programme that would benefit 1.31 crore people in the state.

Singh said a blood donation camp would be organised on that day where a target of 2,500 units of blood had been set. The present record was of 2,471units , he said.

Replying to a question, he said, he did not favour the idea of making the CBI an autonomous body. It is a department of the home ministry.

The veteran Congress leader also supported the recent action of the central government to take political parties out of the ambit of RTI.

"Political parties don't work under the government and so they should not be subjected to RTI rules," he said.

Singh said several Congressmen, who had earlier joined Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) were now returning to their parent party. He added that the BJP-HJC was bound to come a cropper.

Earlier, while addressing the party workers, he said people of the state would not allow any conspiracy to be successful. He said the youth of the state were an awakened lot and were capable of knowing the difference between truth and falsehood.

Earlier, several youth Congress workers welcomed the MP on his arrival in the town and took him to the banquet hall in a procession. Among those present on the occasion were convener of Jind rally and former president of Kaithal Congress Committee Dharam Pal Sharma.