Congress seems be fast establishing its reputation as a faction-ridden party in Haryana, facing a growing infighting. Efforts by the central leadership to get the state unit to set its house in order have also failed.
The party has been witnessing infighting in Haryana for a long time now and all efforts by the central leadership to get the state unit to set its house in order have failed.
This could be linked to the crushing defeat in the recently held Jind assembly by-poll, a party functionary told a private TV channel.
That senior Congress leaders are reluctant to fight the Lok Sabha elections was evident at the first meeting of the newly-formed state coordination committee in Delhi on Tuesday.
Formation of a 16-member panel, headed by former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, too had its share of controversy when the party withdrew the announcement minutes after issuing it.
Congress general secretary in-charge of Haryana Ghulam Nabi Azad later restored the order clarifying that it was withdrawn as the party wanted to name other panels as well. Tuesday’s meeting exposed the fault lines further in the party.
Congress Working Committee (CWC) member Kuldeep Bishnoi is upset at not being given any key responsibility in the party. He skipped the meeting. Senior leaders Navin Jindal, Kuldeep Sharma and Kumari Selja did not sound enthusiastic about contesting the upcoming polls, the leader said.
Polling in 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana — Kurukshetra, Sirsa, Hissar, Karnal, Sonipat, Rohtak, Bhiwani-Mahendragarh, Ambala, Gurgaon and Faridabad – will be held on May 12. Votes will be counted on May 23.
Surjewala, who agreed to contest the by-election on the directions of the Congress leadership following an internal assessment that the party could finish fifth or sixth, is keen to seek re-election to the state assembly from Kaithal.
The by-poll also brought to the fore the sharp division in Haryana on caste lines between Jats and non-Jats.
Azad has now proposed a bus tour from March 26 to 30 to ensure that the warring factions move together and display unity ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The tour will begin from Faridabad and end in Jhajjar.