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Chorus of dissent against Hooda to get louder: Birender

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Rohtak, June 30, 2014
First Published: 11:43 IST(30/6/2014) | Last Updated: 11:45 IST(30/6/2014)

During the 10-year rule of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Jind area has been neglected badly, said Rajya Sabha MP Birender Singh. “If electorate of this area join hands to support me, I would speed up the development to bridge the gap,” he said.

The veteran Congress leader was addressing a rally at Narwana town of Jind district on Sunday. He said that he commanded a lot of self respect and didn’t believe in seeking favours by ‘licking boots’. He said he would stand by a party that can ensure inclusive growth of all regions. “The picture (about the murmurs of his quitting the Congress) would be clear soon,” he said.

Notably, Singh, a bête-noire of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, had recently declared not to contest polls under the Congress banner if Hooda was again projected as the chief ministerial candidate of the party.

He said that he was not the lone detractor of Hooda as several other senior leaders, including former MP Avtar Singh Bhadana, have also turned vocal against the CM. He claimed that Rajya Sabha MP Kumari Selja was already critical of Hooda’s style of functioning, while cabinet minister Kiran Choudhry would soon open a front against him.

On the talk of his quitting the Congress, he said that he had asked the party high command to project a new face as chief ministerial candidate and was awaiting for response.

He said that he has been with the Congress for long and getting heard is the only thing is asking for as breaking ties is not easy.

Further training guns at Hooda, he said that the chief minister had made the Congress a party serving the interests of a few and not of commoners, farmers and weaker sections.

Birender admitted that he would meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi soon on the issue of replacing leadership in Haryana.

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