Senior Congress leader and former minister Capt Ajay Yadav on Friday announced his decision to quit the party. While Yadav is yet to hand over his resignation to the party, he made the decision public in a series of tweets. While Yadav rues complains that he was being sidelined in the party, the immediate provocation for his decision to quit is that he was not allowed to attend meeting of the senior leaders called by incharge of Haryana unit Kamal Nath that on July 27. Yadav was initially invited to attend the meeting. However, the invitation was withdrawn and he was asked not to come.
The meeting was called by Kamal Nath to bury differences between different factions of the Congress.
Talking to The Indian Express, Yadav said, “What is my future in the Congress if I am not even part of the top 10 leaders who are called for a meeting? I had conveyed to Kamal Nath a day before the meeting that if I am not allowed to attend, I will tender my resignation. When it was conveyed to me that I cannot attend, I resigned from the executive meeting and wrote to Sonia Gandhi that I will serve as a party worker. I do not think Kamal Nath has conveyed this to her. I have high respect for Soniaji and Rahulji.”
Yadav, who will be visiting Ajmer and Pushkar today, said he will announce his future plans on his return. “There is no question of joining another party. If Kamal Nath has 40 years of experience in the party, I have worked for the Congress for 30 years. He is undermining my prestige. My father was part of the Congress and so is my son. I will be consulting my supporters and then take a decision on the future course of action,” he said.
The six time MLA has served as Minister of Finance, Power, Irrigation and Environment in the Congress government led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda with whom he has shared an acrimonious relationship. He had tendered his resignation from the Hooda Cabinet in 2014. During the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, he was left disheartened when the party did not consider him to contest from Gurgaon.
He has had difference of opinion with the party leaders over other issues as well. After the agitation by the Jats in Haryana in February, Yadav decided to protest against the decision to provide reservation to them. Recently, Yadav sought an inquiry into the release of land to builders in villages in Gurgaon during the previous Congress government.
“The Haryana government from 2005 to 2014 was a government of property dealers. I have written about the same to Sonia Gandhi. Hooda had called me a well-wisher of Modi. Stories were planted against me,” he said.
Yadav complained about Congress MLA owing affiliation to Hooda burning his effigy in Rohtak.
Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Tanwar said that he was yet to receive Yadav’s resignation and he would be talking to him.
Yadav had recently met Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar at New Delhi.
Haryana Agriculture Minister O P Dhankar said, “The announcement by Capt Ajay Yadav shows his pain. We have seen that not all is well within the Congress and we have seen the differences between the leaders. Congress is not in a healthy position. The ideology of the Congress and the BJP is very different. In Congress, the family comes first. Anyone who can fit into the work culture of the BJP is welcome to join.”
Meanwhile, President of Indian National Lok Dal Ashok Arora said, “It just seems like a ploy by him to put pressure on the party high command. He has not submitted his resignation. He will return to the party.”