Two factions of the Haryana Congress appeared to head for a showdown on Sunday. While former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is set for a show of strength on the occasion of ‘griha pravesh’ of his new official accommodation, it clashes with the ‘manthan baithaks’ called by state Congress chief Ashok Tanwar to discuss the party’s defeat in the assembly elections.
Hooda’s house is located only one sector away from the state party head office, where the ‘manthan baithaks’ started on Saturday.
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Over 10,000 people are expected to attend Hooda’s ‘griha pravesh’ lunch. Many of them reached the city on Saturday. On the other hand, the state Congress meetings are being held in groups of 15 leaders each, and senior leaders are missing from these meetings. A Hooda loyalist said the meetings came as an after thought.
When Hooda was asked about the meetings, he said, “I have no knowledge of these meetings. Neither am I invited nor there is a question of going. Moreover, I have participated in such meetings organised by vice-president Rahul Gandhi and hence there is no reason to go there.”