INLD leader envisages Congress' split in state
Ram Pal Majra, senior Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader, said that the Congress was on the verge of a split in Haryana. "We would see the party falling apart on August 20 when senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Birender Singh is scheduled to address a public rally in Jind," he said while addressing a press conference here on Friday.india Updated: Aug 09, 2013 21:46 IST
Ram Pal Majra, senior Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader, said that the Congress was on the verge of a split in Haryana.
"We would see the party falling apart on August 20 when senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Birender Singh is scheduled to address a public rally in Jind," he said while addressing a press conference here on Friday.
Majra said that differences within the Congress were not a secret anymore and were evident from the statements being issued by various leaders of rival factions within the Congress.
Majra, who is also the former chief parliamentary secretary of Haryana and currently an MLA from Kalayat, said that the so-called tie-up between the BJP and the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) was ridiculous and bound to come a cropper.
"While the BJP is a staunch opponent of the Congress, the HJC is the B-team of the Congress with its members switching sides too often," he said, adding: "How far do you expect such allies to go? The HJC hardly had any base in Haryana or elsewhere. Its members can be counted on fingers in certain constituencies, he quipped."
He said the resignation of Kasturi Lal Sharma from the chairmanship of Goseva Commission and the recent trouble on the Balbir Pal Shah front clearly showed that all was not well within the Congress.
In response to a question, he said that his party would accept the support of any party that wanted to give a crushing defeat to the Congress.
He said the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government had issued notices to nearly 11,000 senior citizens regarding withdrawal of their old-age pensions. "Our party will raise the issue in the state assembly and ensure that justice is done to them," he said.
Majra alleged that the conviction of Om Prakash Chautala and some other senior leaders of the INLD was a result of a conspiracy hatched by the Congress and executed through the CBI.
He said that those who had predicted a bleak future for the INLD in the wake of the conviction of Om Parkash Chautala, had been forced to bite the dust as the popularity of the party had actually increased after that development. "Many people have quit other parties and joined the INLD," he said.
He said his party would organise a rally in Kalayat town of the district on Sunday to inform people about the "misdeeds" of the Congress.
First Published: Aug 09, 2013 21:45 IST