It was in 2002, when former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had started his pad yatra against the then Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government from Kandela in Jind. This march has paved the way to the Congress leader assuming power in 2005.
Now, 13 years after the first pad yatra, Hooda announced the re-launch of the struggle from Kandela, the land traditionally associated with farmers' agitation, in the form of a Jan Sampark Abhiyan.
Soon after the announcement that the former chief minister will start the Jan Sampark Abhiyan from Kandela on May 31, his core team, especially the wing dealing with the media, has started planning.
Hooda has announced that during the Jan Sampark Abhiyan he will focus on making the populace aware of the misrule of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the pro-people policies of the Congress.
However, the presence of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president is unlikely and in Tanwar's absence, Kandela II will be a litmus test for Bhupinder Hooda, who is already facing charges of getting the public to hoot and boo Ashok Tanwar, the state Congress chief during the party's Kisan Rally in New Delhi last month.
Sources told HT that during this programme, the former chief will hold public meetings/rallies (depending on the gathering), then such meetings/rallies will be organised in every district of the state.
"There is anger among the farmers against the BJP government in the state. We plan to go to the farmers and listen to their grievances," said a senior aide of Hooda.
Interestingly, Hooda has been working to expand his mass contact base, but has usually avoided questions over the issue of reservation to the Jat community and sources said he wants to focus on farmers outside Rohtak.
Hooda's announcement to start Jan Sampark Abhiyan has come three days after union minister Birender Singh announced that he will work in rural areas to strengthen BJP's base in Haryana.
Back to chamber
With Bar Association elections due later this month, Hooda reached his old chamber at the District Bar Association on Tuesday. Accompanied by former Rohtak MLA and lawyer BB Batra, Hooda met lawers in his chamber number 51, which he shares with Chandersen Dhaiya.
He replied in the negative when queried on whether he would gobback to law practice like several Congress leaders Kapil Sibbal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Salman Khurshid, he replied in the negative. However, his companion BB Batra said, "What are you talking about? He is former chief minister and you should not ask such questions."
However, interrupting Batra, Hooda said, "I have old relations with the Rohtak Bar Association. Whenever, I get time, I will go there to meet my friends."