Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday once again reiterated that there was no move by the Congress to replace him and added that he would continue to serve the state as CM as long as he had the backing of party president Sonia Gandhi.
“As long as I have the blessings of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, support of party MLAs and trust of the people, I will continue to serve the state as Chief Minister,” Hooda told reporters at Ballabgarh.
Hooda was among the three Congress chief ministers under the party scanner for their poor performance in the Lok Sabha polls. He then met Sonia in New Delhi and was reportedly assured that he would not be removed for now.
Hooda said that he was meeting Sonia on “the issues of development relating to the state”. As for his detractors Birender Singh and Selja criticising his style of functioning, the Chief Minister said that “there may be differences of opinion in the party” but this was not a major issue.
With the Assembly polls in Haryana slated for later this year, Hooda said he favoured giving 50 per cent of party tickets to youths. He added that it would be appropriate to give tickets to those who have a clean image and are likely to win the elections.
Exuding confidence about the Congress forming government in the state for the third time in a row, he said the outcome of the upcoming Assembly polls would be different from that of Lok Sabha elections. “The BJP contested the last Lok Sabha elections on the basis of an individual and not on the basis of any policy or programme,” he added.
With PTI inputs