CHANDIGARH: Following the humiliation suffered by the Congress in the recent Haryana Assembly polls, a blamegame has apparently begun in the party’s state unit.
And the state Congress is trying to fix the blame for the poll debacle since no leader has taken moral responsibility for the party’s worst-ever poll performance in the state. Knives are out as senior party leaders like former Union Minister Kumari Selja, former State Minister Capt Ajay Yadav and HPCC chief Ashok Tanwar are putting the blame on their arch-rival Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the outgoing Chief Minister.
Kiran Chaudhary, a former minister and Hooda’s political rival has also slammed him for keeping “total concentration only on his own area, leading to the party losing the elections.”
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s land deals, used by the Opposition parties as a major poll plank against the Congress, seems to have hurt the party badly.
Phool Chand Moolana-- who as the HPCC acting chief -- had lead the Congress in the state for several years but it was virtually the “all powerful” Hooda, who called the shots until February, when the party appointed the young Tanwar, a Rahul loyalist, as the state chief, paving way for a Tanwar-Hooda tussle, said sources. During ticket distribution, the high command had ignored the issues raised by Tanwar leading to an open spat between him and Hooda. He managed to get the tickets for his favourites despite Tanwar’s objection to giving tickets to tainted candidates. All the seven outgoing MLAs, including ministers, whose names had surfaced in the ‘cash for change of land use’ scam lost the elections.