All Is Not Well In Haryana Congress
Infighting and lack of synergy within Congress in Haryana has always been a cause of obsessive fear, and irritation for high command but it seems to have gotten worse and worse in the last few years.
There are at least five groups within the Haryana Congress, with Hooda-camp being the most powerful in terms of politics. Another group controlled by Tanwar is not that powerful but has proximity with Rahul Gandhi.
The Hooda faction had been demanding a change in the Haryana Congress leadership ahead of the assembly polls in October this year. During his rally in Rohtak, Hooda had given a warning to the Congress party for a leadership change, while supporting the Modi government’s move to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution. It was also being speculated that Hooda could quit the party.
With the ongoing tussle between warring factions Congress president Sonia Gandhi last month replaced Tanwar as Haryana Congress chief by Kumari Selja. Former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was appointed as chairperson of the election management committee and Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader, and by virtue of that he became leader of opposition in the state assembly.
Miffed by these developments, on Wednesday, Ashok Tanwar and his supporters protested outside 10 Janpath residence, residence of Sonia Gandhi. His supporters raised slogans against management committee Chief Bhupender Hooda. Tanwar alleged that tickets were being distributed on whims and fancies and were being “sold”, ignoring those who had worked for years.
Unperturbed by his hue and cry, congress spokesperson Manish Tewari came heavily on Ashok Tanwar and advised him to refrain from kite fly these conspiracy theories that are unimaginative and refrain from issuing statements which might help BJP in the forthcoming assembly election.
Tanwar, who finds himself out of favour, on Saturday, 5th Oct. resigned from prime membership of the party. Announcing his decision to quit on Twitter, Mr Tanwar posted a four-page resignation letter addressed to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in which he said, “The Congress is going through existential crises, not because of its political opponents but because of serious internal contradiction.” He concluded by saying that his fight “is not personal but against the system which is destroying the grand old party”.