Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar felicitated the leaders at a programme organised at his residence, where MLA Gupta was also present.
Tarun Bhandari said that he was quitting Congress because “he was not given the respect he deserved.”
Hooda held a meeting with Congress MLAs who are part of the party camp backing him in New Delhi Sunday to discuss the current political scenario in the state. As many as 12 MLAs, including Hooda, participated in the meeting.
Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma’s name was doing rounds as a probable candidate from Karnal constituency while there were talks regarding Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu’s candidature from Hisar, Rohtak or Sonipat.
In April 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress could secure just one seat, Rohtak from where the then Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s son Deepender Singh Hooda had won. Congress's vote share in the Lok Sabha polls (22.99 %) had dipped to 20.58% during the Assembly polls held in October 2014.
The issue of simultaneous polls may come up for a discussion in the meeting of Haryana BJP core group comprising senior leaders including Khattar and state party chief Subhash Barala scheduled in Delhi on Sunday.
Under fire for its failure to control the violence during Jat reservation agitation in February 2016, the Haryana government in April 2016 had not only shunted out DGP Yashpal Singhal but also transferred Additional Director General of Police (CID) Shatrujeet Kapoor.
A senior IAS officer, Umashankar is posted as the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), but has been assigned special duty to assist the Sirsa administration, which is on a high alert keeping in view the Dera chief's conviction.