The issue of factionalism dominated the Haryana Congress meeting here on Tuesday, with several leaders demanding action against the party workers who had hooted state president Ashok Tanwar during his address at the Kisan rally at New Delhi on April 19.
Convened to give finishing touches to the organisational elections, likely to be held in the held in the next three months, the meeting was attended by AICC general secretary and Haryana incharge Shakeel Ahmed, co-incharge Asha Kumari, state president Ashok Tanwar and other senior leaders, including former speaker Kuldeep Sharma, former minister Capt Ajay Yadav, former party chief Phool Chand Mullana, besides several former MLAs.
Party sources informed HT that heated arguments erupted at the meeting, with the Tanwar supporters demanding stern disciplinary action against the workers who had hooted Tanwar in Delhi rally.
Even Shakeel Ahmed in his address asked the party workers to avoid the conflict and remain united to strengthen the party and fight against the BJP-led NDA government. Tanwar, however, made it clear that the party leaders who would indulge in anti-party activities would certainly face action from the party high command.
Capt Ajay Yadav highlighted the hooting issue at the meeting and stressed the need to identify all the workers involved in it and demanded strict disciplinary action against them.
The meeting was attended by former Punjab Congress president Shamsher Singh Dullo, who is also member of the party’s central election authority and the returning officer appointed by AICC Jagdish Thakur, as observers.
However, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Congress legislature party leader Kiran Choudhry and Congress communication cell head Randeep Surjewala did not turn up at the meeting.