Senior congress leaders have accused the former union minister and Rajya Sabha member Kumari Selja of playing "backdoor politics" and damaging the image of the party by backing dissenters.
In a joint statement, the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee state executive and former marketing committee member Parminder Babla, Youth Congress area president Jasmeet Tony and former National Student Union of India president Sukhi Balana, among others, on Sunday, alleged that Selja did little for constituency during her term as MP and union minister but instead promoted "factionalism".
Reacting to the February 13 dharna organised by District Congress Committee (DCC) vice president Vinod Dhiman and other party leaders against Ambala city MLA Venod Sharma, the statement said that it was held at the behest of the former union minister, who wanted to tarnish the former's reputation. It also accused Selja of ruining the prestigious Industrial Model Township (IMT) project, which was initiated by Sharma.
They claimed that the project would have provided jobs to the area's unemployed youngsters, adding that it was to the MLA's credit that there was an "all-round development" in Ambala City, where projects worth `1,250 crore were sanctioned in last five years.
"Had Selja taken any interest, Ambala would also have been on the path of development like Faridabad, Gurgaon and Rohtak," said Babla, adding that Congress workers in the city were disenchanted with the former union minister and warning her that the matter would be taken to the Congress high command if she chose to continue her "negative politics".