Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to discuss the political scenario in the state.
While the schedule of Lok Sabha polls has been announced, the Congress is yet to announce election committees for the state. The delay is stated to be due to the factionalism in Haryana Congress and continuous demand of replacement of state party chief Ashok Tanwar.
12 Haryana Congress MLAs, owing allegiance to Hooda had in January met party’s incharge for Haryana, Ghulam Nabi Azad and demanded change in party state leadership. These 12 MLAs and other senior party leaders have been demanding ouster of Tanwar from the state leadership since long.
Among 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana, Congress had won only one seat in 2014 polls.
Two-time former CM Hooda, while talking to the mediapersons that discussion on current political scenario was held during his meeting with the party chief.
On a question related to factionalism in the state party unit, Hooda said that there is no infighting in Haryana Congress and the party will unitedly contest the Lok Sabha polls.
Notably, Rohtak MP Deepender Hooda, son of Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and former MP Shruti Choudhry, daughter of CLP leader Kiran Choudhry, are likely to bag Congress nominations from Rohtak and Bhiwani-Mahendragarh respectively for 2019 general elections.
Among other contenders, Ashok Tanwar is frontrunner for Sirsa seat, Rajya Sabha MP Kumari Selja for Ambala, former MP Naveen Jindal from Kurukshetra.
Meanwhile, Haryana BJP minority cell incharge Ekbal Jaildar alongwith his supporters joined the Congress on Monday in the presence of Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Deepender Hooda in New Delhi.