Tanwar and Hooda have been at loggerheads for long, and at the heart of the latter’s unhappiness is the Congress high command’s reluctance to replace Tanwar with a person of his choice as the state unit chief.
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.
Although, Tanwar claimed that party’s all incumbent and former MLAs, former MPs and senior leaders of the party were invited for the meeting, but former Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda, his son Deepender Hooda and various other leaders of Hooda camp gave it a miss.
A party leader who attended the meeting summoned Tuesday in New Delhi by Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Haryana in-charge at the AICC, claimed Tanwar was targeted by some MLAs close to former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. The MLAs pressed for a leadership change in Haryana over the party's failure to win any of the 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
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.