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High command effort fizzles out,Haryana Cong remains divided

The Congress high command’s effort to iron out the wrinkles in party’s Haryana unit seems to have proved futile as even after a week’s hectic exercise,there are no signs of unity even as the state unit is set to meet on Thursday (March 21) and “present a united face”.

The Congress high command’s effort to iron out the wrinkles in party’s Haryana unit seems to have proved futile as even after a week’s hectic exercise,there are no signs of unity even as the state unit is set to meet on Thursday (March 21) and “present a united face”.

A lot happened in the last week that stood testimony to the fact that all’s not well within the party. Congress general secretary and in-charge Haryana affairs,B K Hariprasad,will be attending the meeting. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has recently had a feel of the scattered party in the state when both of them met several leaders from various factions in Delhi.

The most scathing voice against Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda,that of Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit,seemed undeterred as he continued his tirade blaming the CM for lopsided development of the state. Inderjit has formed the Haryana Insaf Manch and handed over its command to his daughter Aarti Rao. Only days ago,four-time MLA from Karnal and a powerful Rajput leader,Jai Singh Rana,called it quits while alleging regional bias at the behest of Hooda. Rana joined the Kuldeep Bishnoi led the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC).

After keeping a studied silence for the past some time when he was busy in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh elections,Rajya Sabha MP Birender Singh has also activated himself in the state and would be attending a rally in Guhla Cheeka rally on March 24 alongwith Union Minister for Social Welfare and Empowerment Kumari Selja. Rajya Sabha MP Ishwar Singh has called the rally where he has not invited Hooda.

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Speaking to The Indian Express,Singh said,“Chief Minister had been attending so many rallies in this area and had never invited me. I am not against the chair but the ‘one district development plan’ has compelled me to confine this rally to those who are interested in the all-round development of the state without any regional prejudice.”

Ishwar Singh says that things were telling in the state under the present regime. “See the disparity. One district has three universities,an AIIMS,a medical college,an IIM,an IIT,a Law University and what not? But in my area 28 villages do not have a school,a bank and a hospital. The Chief Minister is blind to all this. This one-sided development will not bring unity. My rally is to bring unity in the party,” he added.

Rao Inderjit said,“I am in Congress but have formed a non political organisation (Haryana Insaf Manch) to provide a common platform to all the like-minded people from various other parties. I have voiced my concern over the equitable distribution of resources and funds. Ironically,the state has witnessed a tremendous bias and partiality as all the development is limited to one district,” he said.

Rana who quit to join Bishnoi echoed the same views. “Despite my best efforts Hooda did not think about bringing some projects to this area and continued to flow funds and other projects to Rohtak-Jhajjar,” Rana said.