In another jolt to the Congress party in Haryana, the state Power Minister Captain Ajay Yadav today resigned from his post and submitted his resignation to the Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
However, he did not resigned from the party.
After submitting his resignation, Capt Yadav said, “I have only quit my post and not the party. The decision that I have taken is not to weaken the Congress party in the State, rather it will strengthen the party in the coming Vidhan Sabha polls”.
Captain Yadav accused Hooda of sidelining him during his stint as the power minister, forcing him to resign from the ministerial berth.
Captain Yadav, a six-time MLA of Congress party was one of the detractors of Hooda and had been occasionally criticising Hooda’s policies and style of functioning.
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In the recent Lok Sabha polls, Captain Yadav was left disheartened when the Congress party did not consider fielding him from Gurgaon Lok Sabha seat. Capt. Yadav’s demands to field his son from the same Gurgaon Lok Sabha seat was also turned down by the party high command.
“There are many issues that forced me to take this step. Infact, I wanted to resign two years ago also, but yet carried on hoping that the state may face inclusive development. But it did not happen. Focussing on development merely one area in the entire State is not right”, Capt. Yadav said.
Minicing no words against Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Capt. Yadav said, “I had been associated with the Congress party for the last 27 years. Merely that now I have developed differences with Bhupinder Singh Hooda, it can not be said that I have quit Congress. Hooda is not Congress. The congress party is an ocean”.
“I told Hooda today that you have reduced me to a rubber stamp since the portfolio of power does not hold any significance. I hold Forests’ portfolio as well, but there are hardly any forest areas in Haryana. There was a time when I was Finance Minister of the State and I did a commendable job. Even opposition used to praise my functioning as the Finance Minister. But the last three years that I had served as power Minister were extremely suffocating”, Capt. Yadav said.
“When Finance Ministry portfolio was taken away from me, I was told by Ahmed Patel that it was a temporary arrangement, but it did not hold truth”, Capt Yadav added.
Capt Yadav also advised other ministers to quit their berths as “they were also not having any say in the state government’s functioning”.
Capt Yadav added that he shall not quit the Congress party and if the party high command decides to field him in the forthcoming polls, he shall be happy to contest.
“I have not criticised the party high command or the Congress party. I do not have any complaints against the party high command”, Capt Yadav said.
“But the decision to resign had to be taken because if my area’s youth are yet unemployed even after 10 years of us remaining in power, I must resign”, Capt Yadav added.