The who’s who of the Congress party, including chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, turned up here at the HUDA ground on Friday to seek votes for sitting MP and party’s nominee Deepender Singh Hooda.
State Congress president Ashok Tanwar, state ministers Randeep Surjewala, Geeta Bhukkal; Rajya Sabha MP Shadi Lal Batra, Vidhan Sabha speaker Kuldeep Sharma and a number of MLAs were present on the occasion.
In his address, Hooda took a dig at Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, saying, “If I implement the ‘Gujarat model’ in Haryana, the people would tear off my clothes. In order to implement ‘Gujarat Model’, the old age pension would have to be reduced to Rs 400 from Rs 1,000. They give pension to only 22% of the old age people, while Haryana gives it to 81%. We talk of giving rights to the people, while they take away the rights.”
Making an emotional appeal, Deepender who made a public appearance after a long gap, urged the voters to keep development of the state in mind while voting.
Notably, Deepender, who was scheduled to file papers on Friday, changed his schedule and announced to file nomination on Saturday.