Much-hyped protest of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) proved to be a flop show in Rohtak, as HPCC president Ashok Tanwar failed to attract a significant gathering in former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's hometown.
Though Rohtak is considered a stronghold of the Hooda family, three MLAs from the district -- BS Hooda, Shakuntla Khatak and Anand Singh Dangi -- did not participate in the protest. Party's only MP Deepender Singh Hooda was an obvious exclusion.
Moreover, Congress Legislative Party president Kiran Chaudhary, who was earlier scheduled to participate in the protest march, also remained absent.
When the question about absence of senior leaders was raised, Tanwar said, "I am doing my job and going to the people by my own way".
Tanwar also refused to accept his differences with the Bhupinder Hooda and his son and said, "There are no differences in the party and all the people are working to invite the people for party's April 19 rally in Delhi, as all leaders have been told to go to people to make the rally a big success."
Replying to a question he also slammed Haryana sports minister Anil Vij's proposal to change names of Rajiv Gandhi Sports complexes in the state saying, "Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had also sacrified his life for the nation. Nobody can deny Shaheed Bhagat Singh's contribution for the county and if the BJP government wants it can construct new stadiums in the name of Shaheed Bhagat Singh."
"Changing the names of existing stadiums would be insult of the former PM," he added.
Tanwar also termed NDA government's land ordinance as black law against farmers, and said that the Congress will continue its agitation until the government withdraws the bill.
Earlier, Tanwar lead a small protest march from Ambedkar Chowk to Congress Bhawan in the middle of the city.
Right before Tanwar's visit, his supporters replaced posters of former chief minister Hooda's with posters of Tanwar.