A coordination committee for the faction-ridden Haryana Congress may be formed soon even as the party plans to set up committees at zila and block levels and roll out a six-month-long programme.
The suggestion came up at a two-and-a-half-hour meeting of the Congress state executive in Chandigarh on July 5 under the chairmanship of newly-appointed party general secretary in-charge of the state Kamal Nath.
It was the first meeting of the state executive since its reconstitution on August 17, 2015.
Asked if factionalism within the state unit featured in the meeting, Nath told reporters, “This issue has come up that we need coordination….”
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“There is no such situation (of tension among state leaders). Everyone wants coordination and the organisation should run accordingly,” he added.
Senior Congress leaders, including former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former Union Minister Selja Kumari, state unit chief Ashok Tanwar, Haryana CLP leader Kiran Choudhary, attended the meeting.
On a query about Tanwar and Hooda camps not seeing eye-to-eye, Nath said the two leaders met him separately earlier. “I talked at length to both and none of them raised any criticism about each other,” he added.
Asked then, how did the issue of “lack of coordination” crop up, he said, “This thing of coordination is not (what should be there) just among leaders here in Chandigarh but we are talking about the entire state.”
When reminded that supporters of Hooda and Tanwar are often seen wearing turbans of different colours at party rallies, Nath said, “All these are old things. Now, you will see…”
The veteran leader claimed that Haryana Congress is “strong” but “coordination is needed”.
“A coordination committee of five-six people will have to be formed. We will sit and discuss how to take it further,” he said.
Asked if there was a possibility of any change in the state executive, Nath replied, “Everything is possible.”
Regarding today’s meeting, he said he wanted to listen to everyone and take suggestions, adding that they were put forth.
“It has been decided that zila and block committees will be formed soon and we will come up with a time-bound programme. I will sit with the state unit chief and after seeking everyone’s suggestions, we will form the committees,” he said, adding that they will be set up in the next three-four months.
“We are likely to take up a few districts first and come up with a detailed programme for six months,” said Nath.