Congress ‘unfazed’ by Birender rally

Congressmen in Haryana are unfazed by the proposed parallel rally of Rajya Sabha MP,Birender Singh,on August 20,birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Written by MUKESH BHARDWAJ | Chandigarh | Updated: April 9, 2014 5:23 pm

Congressmen in Haryana are unfazed by the proposed parallel rally of Rajya Sabha MP,Birender Singh,on August 20,birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The rally by Singh,who failed to make it to the Union cabinet after he was dropped as general secretary of Congress,will clash with the one announced by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on the same date to launch the Food Security Scheme.

Though Singh had announced the rally before Hooda,the high command directive to launch the scheme on August 20 has thrown his faction in a dilemma. Meanwhile,state Congress chief Phool Chand Mullana,who met party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday,dismissed the proposed rally and said the government will launch the scheme on August 20.

“Such kind of workers’ meetings are held off and on. They have no impact on larger party plans,” he said of the rally. The meeting with Rahul Gandhi focused on organisational matters only,he added.

“Rahulji has emphasised on better coordination with the district units so that the policy and programme of the party trickle down to the grassroots,” said Mullana. However,sources said that the Congress vice president has expressed displeasure over the ongoing factionalism in the party and asked the state chief to sort out issues and keep the party together. The high command is also perturbed over the open opposition of the government by certain leaders.

Chief minister Hooda also met the Congress vice president and discussed the issue of launching the food security scheme in the state. Sources said the party may have to launch the scheme in phases if it failed to procure data of socio economic survey by the Union Urban and Rural Development ministries.

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