In MP’s faux pas,shot in the arm for Hooda faction

He may have stirred the proverbial hornets’ nest by saying that Rajya Sabha seats can be bought putting his party,the Congress,in a spot and in direct line of fire of the Opposition BJP.

Written by MUKESH BHARDWAJ | Chandigarh | Updated: April 9, 2014 2:47 pm

He may have stirred the proverbial hornets’ nest by saying that Rajya Sabha seats can be bought putting his party,the Congress,in a spot and in direct line of fire of the Opposition BJP. However,if there is one party that is aiming to seek gains from the remarks made by Rajya sabha MP Birender Singh,it is his own party in Haryana —- especially the faction that owes its allegiance to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

His remarks have come as a shot in the arm for the Hooda faction,which had been pushed on the backfoot after Congress president Sonia Gandhi recently agreed to attend a rally proposed by Birender at Jind on August 20. Gandhi’s decision had resulted in cancellation of Hooda’s rally to be organised on the same date —- Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary also falls on the same day —- to implement the UPA’s much touted Food Security Ordinance.

Sources said Gandhi’s had decided to attend Birender’s rally as the Rajya Sabha MP had been sulking ever since he was divested of an important party position.

Birender,a known detractor of Hooda,was Congress general secretary in charge of Himachal Pradesh but was dropped in the recent AICC reshuffle. There were strong speculation that he could be made a minister in the recent reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers,which did not happen.

It was being said that Hooda’s within party detractors were planning to raise the issue of the lopsided development in the state under Hooda in front of Gandhi. Birender too had said as much during one of his recent rallies. “Development should not remain confined to one area. It should ensure a bright future for the youth and equal job opportunities. Haryana had been playing its role in consolidating the party. But some people have forgotten this after gaining power. We will raise these issues at the rally,” he had said.

Prior to this,Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi too had got a whiff of the simmering discontent among the party cadre when Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Kumari Selja raised her concern over the “fickle minded approach” of the government towards development. She had also came down heavily on the government for it’s inadequate efforts over the welfare of Dalits in the state.

Till Sunday,the rally was giving sleepless night to Hooda

faction,who are now hoping to scuttle it or at least blunt the possible onslaught on the government.

Meanwhile,Birender tried to come clean on Monday saying it was not only him who was raising these issue.

“It’s not only me. Thousands of party workers say it. If people say something to alert their own government,the organisation and the government should also think over that. It’s not that everytime somebody speaks,he will speak wrong or commit indiscipline,” he said in response to some queries on his earlier remarks.

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