The one-member committee headed by senior Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde on Monday started the probe to find the reasons that led to the October 6 clash between warring factions in Haryana Congress in which PCC chief Ashok Tanwar was injured. Members of rival factions of Haryana Congress led by Tanwar and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda clashed at Bhairon Mandir on October 6 while welcoming Rahul Gandhi’s UP road show and yatra on the last day.
Sources said Shinde met Hooda and his MP son Deepinder Singh Hooda, besides CLP leader Kiran Chaudhary and Tanwar. Shinde will meet other leaders from the state Congress at the party’s headquarters in Delhi. Sources add that while Tanwar put forth his stand that Hooda supporters manhandled him on October 6, Hooda on his part claimed that he had nothing to do with the clash as he was not present at the time and the supporters of both fought over posters.
Shinde is likely to meet Haryana Congress legislators supporting Hooda to know the other side of the story. He will also meet Tanwar’s supporters. Congress had asked Shinde to probe the clash between members belonging to rival factions of Haryana Congress which left state unit chief Ashok Tanwar seriously injured ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s road show on October 6. Factionalism in the Haryana Congress came to the fore on October 6 when supporters of Tanwar and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda clashed at the Bhairon Mandir here while waiting to welcome Rahul’s Kisan Yatra.
Tanwar sustained injuries during the scuffle and was admitted to RML Hospital where Rahul and several other top Congress leaders visited him.