The stage is set in Kandela village of Jind district for former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s Jansampark Abhiyan, which will kick off from the suburban village on Sunday.
Notably, Kandela village propelled Hooda to the post of chief minister after he embarked on a padhyatra from the village after the Kandela Kaand (Kandela incident) in 2002 when the then CM Om Prakash Chautala had unsuccessfully tried to suppress a farmer agitation. Therefore, this is being seen as Hooda’s second coming.
Meanwhile, the presence of the Congress leaders from the state is unconfirmed as Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Tanwar has also started a parallel Kisan Majdoor Sanwad Pad Yatra targeting the youth. If the sources close to Hooda are to be believed, Haryana Congress in-charge Shakeel Ahamad will attend the function along with all sitting MLAs of the Congress.
“Including all sitting MLAs and Ahmad, two Congress MPs will also participate in the function in Kandela village, where more than 30,000 people are likely to gather,” said a close associate of Hooda.
When asked about Tanwar’s rally, he said, “There is no other group and Tanwar is supported by a few youths only and Sunday’s function will bring out the real picture.”
The public rally is thus being considered a litmus test for Hooda as the youth members of the party are on the padyatra with Tanwar.
Hooda is reportedly the a favourite among most sitting MLAs but it will be interesting to see, how many of them extend r support to Hooda, who is facing allegations of hooting at Tanwar at the party’s rally last month.
Meanwhile, since the announcement of the Jansampark Abhiyan from the village, Hooda has held several meetings with MLAs of his party and rain-hit farmers to make the event a big success and make the most of Tanwar’s absence.