The infighting in Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) may come to the fore again as former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has decided not join the party's protest march here on Saturday against the land ordinance of the NDA government.
As per the party programme, HPCC president Ashok Tanwar and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Kiran Choudhary will lead the protest march in Rohtak on Saturday. Though most of the Congress leaders will join the protest, Hooda will not participate in it.
Sources close to Hooda said that the former CM is busy in holding meetings of his followers for a show of strength at a national rally of farmers to be organised by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in Delhi on April 19.
It is learnt that during his meetings with party workers, Hooda is telling them to wear pink turbans during the rally to help him put up a show of strength as against the Tanwar-Choudhary camp.
When contacted, Hooda's PSO Satish said, "The former chief minister will not participate in the Rohtak protest as he has some other engagements on that day".
With Hooda skipping the rally, some other leaders of his camp are also unwilling to participate in the protest march. Former Rohtak MLA and Hooda's close associate BB Batra said, "What will we be doing at the protest. I am 60-year-old now, so I can hardly participate in such protests", he said.
However, Haryana Congress spokesperson Krishan Murti Hooda, another close confidant of the ex-CM, said, "Mr Hooda will not attend this district-level function, but I will take part in it as the HPCC chief Tanwar has called me up to turn up at the protest march."
About Hooda's show of strength during April 19 rally in Delhi, Murti said, "We are holding district-level meetings and today I am in Hisar for the same purpose. The rally will be historic".