Bitter fight

Bitter fight
factionalism in Haryana Cong to the fore
Haryana Congress continues to be a faction-ridden battleground with the majority of leaders pitted against each other. This came out clearly again when state PCC President Phool Chand Mulana, a loyalist of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, called a meeting of the Haryana PCC in Chandigarh. While AICC general-secretary Hari Prasad was stranded at Delhi airport due to fog and could not make it to the meeting, the three big leaders of Haryana – Selja, Kiran Chaudhary and Chaudhary Birender Singh – did not attend as they had all been suspended by the PCC President and as far as anyone knows, the suspension has not been revoked. Their claim is that since they are AICC members, so the PCC has no jurisdiction to suspend them. This was their plea against their suspension for not attending the  meeting. Only one MP and two state ministers were present at the meeting, which was a complete non-starter. This has given Hooda’s opponents even more ammunition to gun for the PCC President. Phool Chand Mulana a camp follower of Hooda – to the extent that he shouts slogans in favour of the Chief Minister at public rallies. They allege that he is not neutral and therefore cannot do justice to other leaders in the party. Haryana is a living example of a state where the Congress leadership has failed to restore balance by not acting decisively to stem factionalism and bitter infighting in the party. Another such State is neighbouring Rajasthan where Congressmen have been running pillar to post from Jaipur to Delhi to air their grievances but all their pleas are falling on deaf ears. READ MORE…

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