Venod not keen to share peasants' mood with party leaders
Out on the statewide tour to establish a direct contact with the rural population, senior Congress legislator from Ambala Venod Sharma is non-committal on giving any feedback of his assessment to the party leadership.punjab Updated: Feb 18, 2014 23:43 IST
Out on the statewide tour to establish a direct contact with the rural population, senior Congress legislator from Ambala Venod Sharma is non-committal on giving any feedback of his assessment to the party leadership.
On November 19, Sharma had started much-publicised Jan Sampark Abhiyan from Kurukshetra. He had announced to cover all 90 assembly segments to apprise people about the achievements of the state government.
However, Sharma, who was in Karnal on Tuesday, told reporters that people were agitated over the 'self-centered polity' which needed to be changed.
Sharma had reportedly held public meetings in 452 villages and he clarified that the programme was not politically motivated.
"It is not a case that people are annoyed with any particular individual or the party but with the existing political system. It is unfortunate and the political class should think constructively to win over the faith of a common man by introducing positive changes," said Sharma, a confidant of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Once considered a powerful minister, he had to resign from the Hooda government in 2006 after a allegations against him surfaced that he had tried to influence the witnesses in the infamous Jessica Lal murder case in which his son Manu Sharma was later held guilty.
When asked if the feedback would be forwarded to the party to become a trendsetter in introducing changes, the senior Congressman remained evasive.
"I am sharing the feedback with the media and I may take up the matter at an appropriate level in the party," said Sharma.
Bete noire of former union minister and Rajya Sabha member Kumai Selja, Sharma said that Selja's decision to avoid contesting Lok Sabha elections had given a discouraging message to the party workers.
Clarifying that he had differences on opinion on few issues with Selja, Sharma denied that there was any rift between them.
"I am against the practice where only a group of individuals decide the contestants behind closed doors. The Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had given an innovative idea that party primaries and workers at the block level would directly elect party nominees but the same has not been adopted in Haryana," he said, reiterating that he would not involve in the Haryana Congress election committee.
Taking potshots at Selja and other leaders who alleged 'biased development', Sharma said, "No one had ever given any example that only a particular area was preferred for the development activities. During my tour I have observed impressive development in the rural areas and allegations that there was slow progress in the public welfare activities are unfounded."