Hinting at a patch up with chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Panipat (urban) legislator Balbir Pal Shah on Sunday criticised Congress parliamentarian Birender Singh for projecting himself as the future chief minister of Haryana. Shah also blamed Singh, a bête noire of Hooda, for misguiding public and Congressmen that Congress president Sonia Gandhi would lead his rally scheduled for August 20 in Jind.
"By projecting himself as the next CM, Birender Singh has committed a political blunder which will not benefit him. Neither I vote for such political overambitious individuals nor allow anyone to use my name or political position for personal gains," Shah told Hindustan Times on Sunday.
The five-time Congress legislator had resigned from the assembly last Sunday. His resignation has neither been accepted nor rejected by Vidhan Sabha speaker Kuldeep Sharma. Before tendering his resignation, Shah had hosted tea for Rajya Sabha member Birender Singh at his residence here.
Later, he had blamed poor development in his constituency and targeted the state leadership and the official machinery for overlooking Panipat.
At that time, Shah had also vent his anger on answers sought from him by the state leadership on hosting tea for Hooda's critic Singh and visiting Om Prakash Chautala, the former CM convicted in a corruption case and hospitalised in Gurgaon.
But on Sunday, he changed his heart and said that Hooda would soon try to pacify him.
"Till date, neither Hooda nor Phool Chand Mullana (state Congress president) has contacted me, but I hope that he (Hooda) will keep his promise given to the media about his respect for me. I also hope that he will soon listen to the issues raised by me," he said.
However, in a firm indication of distancing himself from Hooda's strong critic Birender Singh, Shah said that his priority was development of Panipat and not change in the guard of state leadership.
"Due to the present political situation in the state, I have strong conviction that Sonia Gandhi will not turn up at the Jind rally. Singh should have raised real issues related to the common man and actual questions of the political situations with the central leadership and not his personal ambitions," said Shah, a former president of the state Congress.
To a question, Shah said he would not attend the Jind rally as "it was going to be a rally of sycophants only".