FORMER UNION home minister and senior Congress leader Sushilkumar Shinde is likely to submit a report soon on the clash between the supporters of Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to the party high command. Shinde held meetings with Tanwar and Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhry at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday. According to sources, Shinde met the two to finalise his report. He is expected to hand it over to party vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the coming days.
The clash between the two groups took place in October in Delhi while they were waiting to receive Rahul Gandhi, who was returning from a tour of Uttar Pradesh. Tanwar was injured in the clash. One of his supporters, in a complaint to police, named a PSO of Hooda as one of those who attacked Tanwar. Party president Sonia Gandhi appointed Shinde to investigate the matter and submit a report.
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Tanwar and his supporters had alleged that after the clash, the Delhi police were reluctant to initiate action against the accused. Further, the hospital where they were admitted did not provide them with proper treatment following which Tanwar shifted to another hospital.
Sources said during Thursday’s meeting, Shinde discussed with Tanwar and Choudhry about the events that took place. Both leaders have reportedly told Shinde that there was enough proof of who was behind the clash. At earlier meetings, Congress leaders of both sides had submitted videos and photographs of the events to Shinde.
According to sources, Tanwar and Choudhry told Shinde that such incidents have sent a wrong message and indiscipline in the party will increase if no action is taken. The report is expected to be finalised after the meeting.
Following the clash, Haryana MLAs, considered close to Hooda, had sought the ouster of Tanwar and Choudhry when they were called for a meeting by Shinde. They had stated that none of them would attend any meeting called by either of the two leaders.
Since the clash, infighting in the party that persisted for the past few years has increased further. Both Hooda and Tanwar called separate meetings of the party on the course of action to be taken on the issue of Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. While Tanwar held a meeting of party office-bearers at Gurgaon, Hooda called a meeting of incumbent and past MPs, MLAs and other office-bearers a day later in Chandigarh.