Rattled by the bitter infighting in its Haryana unit, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday formed a seven-member coordination committee to ensure “smooth functioning” of the state government.
The infighting almost cost the party its victory in the state assembly elections held last month.
Party general secretary and in-charge of the state Prithviraj Chavan will head the panel. Former Haryana finance minister and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s rival Birender Singh has been made the co-chairman of the committee.
Other members of the panel are — Hooda , state Congress chief Phool Chand Mullana, union minister Kumari Selja, Rajya Sabha MP Ram Prakash and state Finance Minister Ajay Singh Yadav.
Sources said the central leadership was worried at the way the severe infighting had come out in the open during the election, which led to the party getting fewer seats than expected during the assembly polls.
The leadership has also taken note of the hectic lobbying by pro and anti-Hooda factions for ministerial berths. This was also why the formation of the state cabinet was held up for more than a week.
Hooda keeps home
Chandigarh: Six-time MLA Ajay Singh Yadav was sworn-in as the new state Finance Minister, while Bhupinder Singh Hooda kept the home department with himself on Saturday.
All seven Independent MLAs, who bailed out the Hooda government during a confidence vote in the state assembly, were rewarded with ministerial berths during the cabinet expansion.
(with PTI inputs)