Haryana Congress MLAs have sought removal of state party chief Ashok Tanwar and Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhary from their posts. The MLAs are learnt to have said they will not attend any meetings or programmes organised by the two.
Sources said the MLAs as well as former MLAs, former MPs and other party members conveyed this to former union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who inquiring into the recent clash between supporters of Tanwar and former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda in New Delhi. The incident took place when Haryana party members were waiting to welcome party V-P Rahul Gandhi.
Supporters of both Tanwar and Hooda, reportedly, showed video footage and photographs of the incident to Shinde, and blaming each other for the “divisions” in the party.
Twelve MLAs, considered close to Hooda, submitted a memorandum to Shinde explaining the incident.
MLAs who did not sign the memorandum are Randeep Surjewala, Hooda, Kiran Choudhary, Kuldeep Bishnoi and Renuka Bishnoi.
According to sources, MLA Kuldeep Sharma told Shinde of the sequence of events that led to the clash on October 6. MLA Geeta Bhukkal, said sources, said Tanwar and Choudhary were biased.
One party MLA said they have submitted a memorandum with details of how the incident took place, why it happened and what are the steps that need to be taken. “We told Shinde that there is a lot of bitterness in party. It will become difficult for the party to prepare common programmes. A matter that could have been solved within the party has gone out due to sloganeering, protests and removal of pictures from party offices. There is a need to bring fresh faces at the helm of affairs,” said the MLA.
Another party MLA said that in the past two years, they have not been able to generate confidence among the party workers. The MLA further said that for Tanwar to say that he was attacked for being a Dalit is not right. He said, “Both Tanwar and Choudhary are playing into the hands of the BJP.”
A senior party leader said the demand to oust Tanwar and Choudhary was Hooda’s agenda. Kiran Choudhary said she conveyed details of the incident to Shinde on Monday.