Haryana Congress infighting escalates

The infighting in the Congress in Haryana escalated on Wednesday after state unit chief Ashok Tanwar and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced separate programmes to target the BJP government led by Manohar Lal Khattar in the state.
Updated on May 21, 2015 11:58 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

The infighting in the Congress in Haryana escalated on Wednesday after state unit chief Ashok Tanwar and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced separate programmes to target the BJP government led by Manohar Lal Khattar in the state.

While Tanwar said the official launch of the statewide ‘padyatra (foot march)’ will be on May 29 from Ambala, Hooda has already announced a mass contact drive from Kandela village in Jind district on May 31. With Tanwar detaching the state unit from Hooda’s programme, the former CM might rope in a senior central leader to address the rally.

Hooda and Tanwar have been at loggerheads for a while and this is not the first time they have crossed swords after their bitter fight over ticket distribution in last year’s assembly elections. The bickering escalated after the Congress was voted out of power in the state with Tanwar holding Hooda directly responsible for the party’s drubbing.

In the run-up to the farmers’ rally in Delhi on April 19, Tanwar was upset with Hooda for asking his supporters to don pink turbans as a show of strength. To counter him, Tanwar directed party workers to wear tricolour caps. Senior leader Ahmed Patel tried to bring about a truce but failed as Hooda’s supporters booed Tanwar when he took the stage to address the rally at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan.

The power struggles in Haryana and neighbouring Punjab, where former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and state unit chief Partap Singh Bajwa are at each other’s throats, have been a cause of concern for the Congress leadership.

The bickering escalated after the Congress was voted out of power in the state with Tanwar holding Hooda directly responsible for the party’s drubbing.

In the run-up to the farmers’ rally in Delhi on April 19, Tanwar was upset with Hooda for asking his supporters to don pink turbans as a show of strength. To counter him, Tanwar directed party workers to wear tricolour caps. Senior leader Ahmed Patel tried to bring about a truce but failed as Hooda’s supporters booed Tanwar when he took the stage to address the rally at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan.

The power struggles in Haryana and neighbouring Punjab, where former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and state unit chief Partap Singh Bajwa are at each other’s throats, have been a cause of concern for the Congress leadership.

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